Welcome to The American Legion Auxiliary’s Empire Girls State Program…
…inspirational, educational, life-changing, and fun!
ALA-Empire Girls State Update March 27, 2020:
FROM ALA EGS LEADERSHIP:
ALA Empire Girls State Program Update March 27, 2020
We have been getting calls and emails daily. We are trying to respond in a timely manner, yet keep our responses up to date and consistent, so a slight delay means things are changing again. Please be patient, we will respond to every email, text and call.
We completely understand your concerns and questions. We have all been in discussion about these very concerns with one another and with President Linda. We are not optimistic about holding a traditional session this year but for many reasons it is important to continue the registration process at this time. It would be irresponsible to forge forward with no thought to the COVID19 impact, but it would be equally irresponsible to cancel prematurely!
Completing registration and establishing a roster is vital to our program, the ALA, and to the participants. For example, being on the official roster will undoubtedly affect the (still uncertain) eligibility for Samsung scholarship, entrance to West Point or other military academies, college entrance applications and scholarship opportunities. If we cancel without a roster, these young women are robbed of the preference and benefit ALA Empire Girls State participation gives them in all of those opportunities.
An established roster would also afford us the OPTION of holding an online version of our program. While we know it would be impossible to mirror our traditional session through an online platform, we are already exploring options. Many Girls State programs are developing alternative programs and are scheduled before ours, so we can learn from them. Girls Nation staff has reached out to support our endeavors in a “different” program for this year, and are helping to share resources and networking opportunities as we all work through this together. The three of us (the ALA EGS leadership team) have been brainstorming ideas for what an alternate program might look like and how it could be managed.
Please do not think for a moment that any one of us is not taking the health and safety of our participants and staff seriously. We absolutely will not, in any circumstance, defy guidelines and mandates, and we keep a close check on the changes that are happening DAILY. We are not blindly forging forward, we are working diligently to preserve the integrity of our program and all that it stands for. We know in our hearts that we will not be holding flag ceremonies, caucuses, Legislative Sessions, rallies and so much more that is quintessentially ALA-EGS on the Brockport campus …this year. That makes our hearts hurt. However, it does not break us! The experiences and strength of the bonds we have formed in our years with ALA-EGS, push us to do what is BEST for our citizens and staff and for the American Legion Auxiliary.
We are all navigating enormous changes in our personal, professional, and ALA-EGS lives. Two of us are teachers and we are also managing huge shifts in how we teach. It is a daunting task, but we are not weak of spirit. For the ALA-EGS program, we ask for time to complete registration, and your patience, grace and understanding as we work on the design for a unique ALA-EGS experience.
Jen, Wendy and Kris
ALA Empire Girls State Leadership Team
The 2020 Session of the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State program will be June 28, 2020 to July 4, 2020.
“Being in EGS has made me into the woman I am today: confident, independent, kind, and most importantly, a leader in today’s world. As an EGS citizen, I learned so much about U.S. government and became prouder to be an American. As an EGS counselor for three years, I learned how to put my leadership skills to the test and serve as a role model and teacher for so many amazing young women. My experience at EGS and all the women who continue to make this program successful each year will always have a special place in my heart. As a citizen, EGS 2007 and as a counselor in 2009, 2010, and 2011, I will never forget the lessons I’ve learned and the friendships I’ve made. “I will always remember you…” and never forget that you can always “lean on me.”
“EGS made me so proud to be an American, as cliché as it sounds. Before EGS I never really thought about how lucky I was to be born in the USA, but since my week in Brockport, not a day goes by where I am not grateful for my citizenship.”