More thaN 250 students to attend the 80th American legion Michigan Boys State program to learn about the democratic process, including the structure and operation of government
June 6, 2018 (ALLENDALE, Michigan) – From June 17-23, The American Legion Boys State program, held at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, brings more than 250 boys from across the state to learn firsthand what it means to be engaged in their community and participate in a democratic society. The American Legion has been administering the non-partisan program nationally since 1935 and this is the 80th year that the Michigan Boys State model has come to life as delegates take on elected and appointed roles to experience democracy in action and learn how legislation is passed. The students, who have just completed their junior year of high school, campaign for office, draft bills and work together to solve real-world issues facing their cities, counties and state. A group will tour the state capitol on Friday, June 22, and meet with Lt. Governor Calley and other state leaders. Graduation takes place Saturday, June 23, where the two delegates to represent the State of Michigan at The American Legion Boys Nation are announced.
The American Legion Boys State program started in Illinois in 1935 and came to Michigan in 1938. By participating in mock local, county and state government exercises, delegates learn firsthand about leadership, practical citizenship and the democratic process through activities that include legislative sessions, court proceedings, presentations, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
The iconic photo of a young future President Bill Clinton shaking hands with then President John F. Kennedy highlights the power of Boys State and Boys Nation. A number of graduates have been elected to public office or serve in prominent positions in business, the news industry, professional athletics, and the arts. Alan Keyes, Richard Cheney, Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Brokaw, Steven Osusami, Michael Jordan, and Jon Bon Jovi are all Boys State graduates.
About The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts in communities across America. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.