Hoosier Boys State changing young Hoosier lives at Trine University

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Boys State is holding its annual program June 17-22 at Trine University to teach more than 400 Hoosier high school students the intricacies of American government in a hands-on scenario.

Since 1937, Hoosier Boys State has been Indiana’s premier youth organization, headed by the American Legion. Focused on honing real-world leadership skills and developing the necessary knowledge tomorrow’s leaders will need to positively impact their communities, the program brings young adults from across the state together to simulate Indiana’s political process from the local level to the state level. Throughout the week, these exceptional teenagers will campaign, debate, vote and more among their peers to obtain elected positions.

After the elections, students will actively work together to propose laws, negotiate bills and enforce the legislation and procedures established. By the end of the week, participants will know more about Indiana’s state government than 90 percent of their fellow Hoosiers.

The American Legion and Trine University invite the public to witness five culminating events during this life-changing week. All events will be held at the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 7:30–8:30 p.m. – HBS delegates introduce their state party, state candidates and hold a rally.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 10–11 a.m. – HBS Governor Candidates hold debates before 400 teens vote in simulated elections.
  • Wednesday, June 20, 7:30–8:30 p.m. – Elected Governor of HBS will be inaugurated by a real court judge.
  • Friday, June 22, 10–11 a.m. – Indianapolis Indians announcer Howard Kellman will speak.
  • Friday, June 22, 6 p.m. – Graduation, Memorial Service, Governors Review, Awards Ceremony, Scholarship Winner Announcements.

More information about Hoosier Boys State can be found at hoosierboysstate.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Krause at (219) 629-2995 or info@hoosierboysstate.org.