American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Experience

by Brianna Elizardo, Staffwriter

The Devils’ Advocate

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Only a select few intelligent women have been given an opportunity to learn about the functions of government as well as the ability to make new connections along the way. Girls State has given me this outstanding chance to take part in this once in a lifetime chance. This organization let me become unified with like-minded peers from all over the state of California.

The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State took place over the summer at Claremont McKenna College, and it had over 500 young women attending this one week experience. The magnificent girls in my city of Lassen made me realize that there are girls from all sorts of backgrounds who can have the same goal of making things in our country better for our future and existing citizens. This camp taught me unity with my fellow ladies as we work together to change the culture of the scarcity of women in government positions.

Being able to apply for elected positions and losing also taught me that even when we lose, there is a sea of people who have your back. I learned that what this government needs is a woman’s touch, along with our fresh and innovative ideas on our community. I was able to become a leader as well as a follower. I have made 31 new sisters, and I hope that many of you lucky lady Red Devils have that same experience that The American Auxiliary Post 255 has given to me. Find your passion. Find your voice.

I would also like to thank our MCJROTC program here at our school who nominated me as a delegate. They saw something in me that I did not see in myself. I would also strongly encourage all women in our community to get more involved with programs such as these because they creates a stronger sense of self-identity, and also enables you to forge a new path to follow.