Diegnan Bill to Provide College Credit for Completing Boys & Girls State Programs Signed into Law

Legislation Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. sponsored to give students participating in the American Legion Jersey Boys State or the American Legion Auxiliary Jersey Girls State programs college credit for successfully completing the week-long course in government has been signed into law.

“These are exemplary students and potential leaders,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “Chosen for their interest in civics and academic excellence, the students deserve credit for the intensive study and participation that is required of them while in this program. Let’s give them a head start as a reward for their hard work.”

Under the new law (A-4926), public and independent institutions of higher education are permitted to grant up to three college credits to high school students who successfully complete the American Legion Jersey Boys State or the American Legion Auxiliary Jersey Girls State programs. The law also directs the Commission on Higher Education to encourage New Jersey colleges and universities to award students’ credit for successful completion of the programs.

“These programs give young people who may be interested in pursuing a career in politics a hands-on understanding of how our government works,” Diegnan said. “Giving college credits for the intensive work completed during the programs rewards participants, and gives those interested in joining another incentive to participate in these valuable programs.”

The goals of Boys State and Girls State programs are to: develop leadership and pride in American citizens; educate participants about our system of government; instill in participants a great understanding of American traditions; and stimulate a desire to maintain our government process. The Jersey Girls State is currently based at Georgian Court College. Jersey Boys State is currently based at Rider University.