Dozens of high school aged girls are on the Troy University main campus for the American Legion Auxiliary's Girls State program.
The university describes Girls State as "a unique summer program whose purpose is to educate the young women of America in the fundamental aspects of citizenship." The school's release says the program is "a laboratory of practical government - a personal application of the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship."
The University release says, "Through this laboratory approach, students experience the processes of government by performing the duties of real office-holders in every day work. Each year hundreds of girls selected from communities throughout Alabama gather on the Troy Campus."
The American Legion Auxiliary's web site describes the Girls State Program as having "provided High School Juniors all across the country the opportunity to participate in a hands-on citizenship training program for over 60 years."
These young ladies learn government by actually creating a mythical state through the election of public officials on local, county, and state levels and then by carrying out the duties of these respective offices.
A continuation of Girls State is Girls Nation where two Senators from each state are selected to participate in a simulated National government program in Washington, D. C.