Girls invited to join Ms President US program

Girls entering the fourth grade through the eighth grade are invited to join the Fall 2022 Ms President US program.

The mission of Ms President US is to motivate and prepare girls to aim for the highest civic leadership positions and to know that they can achieve them.

In a release, Ridgefield's First Selectman, Rudy Marconi, stated, “Ms President US fills a niche that is very important - we need to have more women involved in politics, and this is a great foundation, building skills.”

The program accomplishes this by introducing the girls to students and women who are leaders in their community, state, and on a national level. The girls then have a chance to interact with the leaders, and engage in activities that help them develop their own leadership skills. Each session is facilitated by high school girls, who serve as mentors throughout the program, the release said.

Session topics include:

- Civic Leadership / Public Service,

- Meet & Greet Local, State, and Federal Leaders,

- Self-Confidence and Leadership,

- Public Speaking and Debate,

- Communications and Media, and

- State Capitol Visit.

The program culminates in a campaign and election whereby participants have the opportunity to create their own campaign or work on another participant's campaign) and run for “Ms President US” of their town.

The winner is invited to appearances throughout the year, and works with town leaders announcing the start of races, giving speeches at events, etc.. There have been 27 Ms President US winners to date.

The sessions will be held between October through March. In addition, there is a field trip to the State Capitol, and an Election.

To enroll or learn more, visit https://www.mspresidentus.org, and select “Enroll” and chose your chapter. There is an enrollment fee of $250, and scholarships are available.

Enrolled Girl Scouts can earn several patches, and badges for participation in the Ms President US program. High school girls with leadership experience are encouraged to apply to be mentors. Visit the Mentor page of the website to learn more.

Ms President US is a non-partisan, non-profit, community-based 501(c)(3) organization. For more information about the Ms President US program, participant/mentorship opportunities, and enrollment applications, also visit https://www.mspresidentus.org, or email info@mspresidentus.org.