Enrollment Open for American Legion’s Boys State Program for High Schoolers
By Office of Communication
Posted on January 29, 2018, January 29, 2018

High Schoolers

Enrollment is now open for Arlington high school boys who are interested in participating in The American Legion's annual Boys State education program, set for June 10-15 in Austin.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.

Click here to learn more about American Legion Post 60 in Arlington.

Boys State has been a program of The American Legion since 1935. At American Legion Boys State, participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities, of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical, with city, county, and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices.

To be selected for nomination or appointment as a Texas Boys State delegate, the candidate must demonstrate:

  • Strong academic performance (e.g., a quick study) to thrive in this fast moving program
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., gets along very well with others from all backgrounds)
  • Exhibited leadership (e.g., a leader of leaders)
  • Solid oratorical skills (e.g., a persuasive speaker and confidence shown in group settings)

In addition, the candidate must:

  • be a male high school student
  • have successfully completed his junior year
  • have at least one semester remaining
  • have not previously attended Boys State
  • be recommended by his school officials
  • have parents'/guardians' permission to attend
  • be certified by the sponsoring American Legion post, and
  • sign the Boys State Pledge

At Texas Boys State, the young citizen has the opportunity to learn for himself that his government is just what he makes it. Citizens of Texas Boys State use the "Learn By Doing' approach to leadership by taking part in the political process. This can supplement what they learn in the classroom. Texas Boys State is a practical opportunity to learn leadership skills through role-play civic exercises.

For enrollment information, call Post 60 Commander John Header at 817-401-1914.

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