Rep. Lehman speaks to Hoosier Girls State
STATEHOUSE—Today at the Statehouse, Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) spoke to Hoosier Girls State, a program designed to educate young, Hoosier women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship, including serving as an elected official.
“I always enjoy talking with students from across the state who are active in their community and want to take a more active role in making a difference in all levels of government,” said Rep. Lehman. “This is a great program that showcases how the legislative process works and how these young adults can make a real impact in their community and state.”
Hoosier Girls State is a weeklong program that focuses on Indiana’s legislative system through a fictional city, county and state.
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit, in coordination with local high school educators, choose young women to serve as delegates to Hoosier Girls State based on their leadership potential and interest in the program. After being chosen, the delegates become citizens of Hoosier Girls State and are assigned to either the Federalist or Nationalist Party.
“These young women learn the political party structure and even campaign for elected offices,” said Rep. Lehman. “I’m encouraged by programs like Hoosier Girls State. It’s exciting to see so many young people engaged in lawmaking and interested in learning more about the legislative process and public service.”
It is important to note that the Hoosier Girls State is about citizenship rather than politics. The political process is merely a means to an end, not the goal. If you would like more information or are interested in the program, please visit http://www.hoosiergirlsstate.org.