Girls State and Boys State are outstanding opportunities for our cadets who will be completing their junior year this school year. While these programs are not limited to JROTC cadets; they are closely aligned with JROTC fundamentals of patriotism, citizenship, and leadership. They provide an educational program centered on our democratic system of government, and there are several college scholarship opportunities at the state and national level for participating students. They are also a plus on an applicant's resume when applying for military scholarships. Additional Information on Girls State and Boys State is available at: http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/ .
Students must be sponsored by an American Legion post (Boys State), or an American Legion Auxiliary post (Girls State). Local posts should be contacted for information about funding Girls State and Boys State attendees.
Girls State will be held 4-10 Jun 2011, on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Boys State will be held 29 May - 4 Jun 2011, on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The Mississippi point of contact for Boys State is Mr. Steve Guyton at (601)932-2410 / 965-4644. The Mississippi point of contact for Girls State is Ms. Nancy Sanders at (601)353-3681.
At many schools the counselors are the primary points of contact regarding Girls State and Boys State. Recommend coordinating your efforts regarding Girls State and Boys State with your counselors' office.