Area seniors build leadership skills

Over the summer, 8 high school juniors were selected to attend the 2011 Virginia Girls State representing American Legion Auxiliary Post 284. The theme this year is “The Power of One Voice.”

The purpose of Virginia Girls State is to provide functional citizenship training for young women who are rising high school seniors. To afford them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens and to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship, in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government. Participants at Girls State are made aware of the civic responsibilities they must assume when they become adults. It is an Americanism program that stresses God and country.  It is a week long study of Virginia Government. There are special activities and classes such as: women in government, judiciary, public speaking, public service, newspaper publishing, parliamentary procedure, activism in art, chorus, band and several athletic activities (delegates may take part in only one). All counselors, including the director, are volunteers.

Since 1946, the American Legion Auxiliary, in cooperation with many civic clubs and school groups, has sponsored the Virginia Girls State. The executive, legislative, and judicial branches function to govern the cities, and the municipal governments regulate the activities of the citizens during the brief period.  The physical boundaries of this “state within a state” are the limits of the Longwood University campus, but there are no limits to its usefulness in promoting real-life citizenship in Virginia.

“It is like no other camp I have attended. The friendships I have made and what I have learned made this a priceless experience,” Kaylee Waldrop- past department Junior Auxiliary president stated.

Post 284 Auxiliary meetings are held at the post home (505 Springdale Avenue, Colonial Heights) every 2nd Wednesday of each month. The executive committee meets at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Social Hour with light snacks at 7:00 p.m. and the general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m.  For information about the American Legion Auxiliary please visit the post web-site at or contact Auxiliary president Aleta Perkins at


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