by: DeAngela McDougald
Approximately two weeks from now, 500 young men, from the state of Kansas, all of whom will be entering their senior year of high school this fall, will be amongst the participants in the 2016 session of the American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy.
The ALBSKLA provides a relevant, interactive, problem-solving experience in leadership and teamwork that works to develop self-identity, promotes mutual respect and instills civic responsibility. Boys State is a “learning by doing” political exercise that simulates elections, political parties and government at the local, county and state levels. This provides opportunity for the boys to learn to lead under pressure, showcasing character and working effectively within a team. This also is a opportunity for the young men to gain pride and respect for government and the learn to value the price paid by members of the military to preserve democracy.
This is the 79th year for the event held Sunday, June 5th through Friday, June 10, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.