Arkansas Boys State, a leadership and civic engagement experience sponsored by the American Legion, is proud to announce its 83rd session, which will be hosted May 26 - 31, 2024, at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).
Registration opens today for the leadership program, of which its alumni include numerous high-profile Arkansans, including, among others, Pres. Bill Clinton, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former White House Chiefs of Staff Mack McLarty and Jack Watson Jr., Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. John Boozman and Arkansas Chief Justice John Dan Kemp.
Male high school students currently in their junior year are eligible for attendance and must first be selected by their respective high schools to attend.
"Our 83r session promises innovation, personal growth and a life-changing experience for the young men we look forward to hosting at Arkansas Boys State 2024," said Lloyd Jackson, executive director.
During the program, students administer a mock government as if it were real: run for office, draft and pass legislation, solve municipal challenges and engage constituents. Of the students who attended the 2023 session, 94% reported improvement in their knowledge of political, governmental and civic structures and 93% reported improvement in their ability to build meaningful relationships with those of different worldviews.
"Arkansas Boys State has 83 celebrated years of life-changing impact for more than 60,000 alumni of our program," Jackson said. "We're so incredibly proud of our role as a premier leadership experience for this state that we love, and we're grateful for the chance to influence it for the better every year with each new class of young, promising, eager leaders."
Public schools, private schools, and homeschool associations are eligible to select students for attendance. Schools interested in sending students to the 2024 program should visit arboysstate.org.
Students interested in attending should reach out to their high school counselor.
Learn more at the program and registration at arboysstate.org.