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Annual Boys State event to be virtual this summer

New York American Legion Boys’ State takes place virtually this year from June 27 to July 1.

James Casey, department adjutant, made the announcement after a recent Boys’ State Board of Directors meeting.

“The program will be online for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon,” he said. “The cost (to legion posts) will be $125 per boy and each will receive a t-shirt via U.S. mail. At this time we are limiting attendance to 500 boys on a first-come, first-accepted basis.”

The program immerses high school youth (currently completing their junior year) in citizenship and leadership development. They learn the practical aspects of government as it exists in New York state, and come to recognize that the individual is integral to the character and success of government.

For more information, contact a local American Legion Post to inquire about sponsoring a youth to Boys State. Once a post agrees to sponsor a youth, the youth will receive a notification to go ahead and submit the online application to this year’s Boys State program.

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