ALA Girls Nation

Since 1947, more than 7,000 politically astute young women have attended ALA Girls Nation in Washington D.C., gleaning a firsthand glimpse of the inner workings of federal government and a chance to experience civics and American government outside the textbook. Every year, two girls are selected from each ALA Girls State program to attend ALA Girls Nation, an additional weeklong learning experience in federal governance, leadership development and American heritage. As Girls Nation “senators” they campaign for political office, craft and debate the passage of legislation and meet with their real-life counterparts on Capitol Hill.

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Our modified program for 2022 does not include voting for offices which would typically happen in our face-to-face program. This includes the two U.S. Senators who attend ALA Girls Nation. Instead, this year we will have an open application for any girls interested in attending ALA Girls Nation to represent Evergreen Girls State. As a Girls State Senator you will participate in the week-long program in Washington, D.C., which includes writing and debating legislation, networking with our Girls State girls from around the country, visiting the U.S. Capitol and other significant landmarks, and more.

Requirements to apply for ALA Girls Nation:

  1. Current high school junior (Class of 2023)
  2. Available July 23-30, 2022 for program in Washington, D.C. in July (No Exceptions)
  3. Submit application by June 7, 2022 at 5pm June 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

To apply, use the prompts below to write an essay with a maximum of 200 words. Submit your application via email to by 11:59pm on Friday, June 10th. Please include your name in the header of your submission and “ALA Girls Nation Application” in your email subject line.

Please answer the following questions in your response:

  1. What gifts and talents do you bring to the table that make you the ideal candidate to represent our state at ALA Girls Nation?
  2. What do you hope to gain from your experience at ALA Girls Nation?

Finalists will be selected from the applications submitted. Those finalists will then be invited to a Zoom interview with the Evergreen Girls State Committee. Two finalists will be selected to attend ALA Girls Nation as the U.S. Senators representing Evergreen Girls State. Two alternates will also be selected. All travel costs are paid for by the ALA Evergreen Girls State.