The American Legion Auxiliary Oklahoma Girls State program will be held May 29-June 3, 2016 on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
Girls State is a nation-wide, American Legion Auxiliary program, focusing on the promotion of Americanism and good citizenship. Oklahoma Girls State was first held in 1940 and except for two years during World War II has been held annually.
Oklahoma Girls State is a non-partisan youth program designed to enhance the love of God and Country. Four hundred and forty-five outstanding young women chosen to participate in the program will learn the duties and responsibilities of citizenship through hands-on participation as citizens of the state of Oklahoma Girls State.
The Oklahoma Girls State program receives wholehearted support from citizens, civic groups, and other organizations interested in good government. Outstanding Oklahoma educators and leaders participate in the education program of Oklahoma Girls State. Speakers have included Oklahoma's first female Governor, Mary Fallin; Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb; Oklahoma Supreme Court Judge Noma D. Gurich; and former Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins. These speakers help to inspire the Oklahoma Girls State Citizens to take a more active role in public service.
The Citizens of Oklahoma Girls State are chosen for their high moral character, leadership, scholarship, and interest in government. Since the program's inception more than 30,000 girls have received this valuable citizenship training in Oklahoma. Each year Oklahoma Girls State also selects two outstanding participants to represent the State of Oklahoma at Girls Nation.