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Legion Boys and Girls State Receive State Funds For First Time

UTICA – State Senator Joseph A. Griffo and David J. Valesky announced the inclusion of funding for the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary’s Empire Girls State into the state budget.

Hosted at Morrisville State College, Boys State will be hosting 1,100 rising high school juniors from across New York State. The $100,000 budget inclusion will go towards offsetting the costs of hosting the participants on campus from June 27th to July 3rd. Girls State held on The College at Brockport’s Campus will receive a proportionate $50,000 to aid in hosting 360 female participants.

“At Boys and Girls State, teenagers learn what it truly takes to be an engaged citizen. It’s an immersive experience in building democracy, whether it be on the city, county or state level,” said Griffo, R-Rome. “This is an important educational opportunity for our civic leaders of tomorrow. I’m pleased to have been a long-time guest speaker as well as an advocate for this needed funding.”

Boys State has been a staple offering of the American Legion beginning in 1935, followed by the addition of the Legion Auxiliary’s creation of Girls State in 1938. Since then, it has brought thousands of New York Youth from every region, religion, and race together to learn about democracy, the responsibilities of citizenship, and community building.

Notable alumni include President Bill Clinton, George Pataki, Samuel Alito, Tom Brokaw, Neil Armstrong, Tim Cook, Mark Wahlberg, Lt. Gen Michelle D. Johnson, and Janet Napolitano. Delegations from each State  attend the Boys/Girls Nation in Washington D.C. from July 18-26.