Girls invited to ‘Rock the Capitol’

High school girls who are passionate about government and interested in learning more about the intricate world of public policy are encouraged to apply for a unique internship program, Girls Rock the Capitol.

The program gives girls in New Hampshire and Vermont an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the state legislative process, from attending committee meetings and full House sessions to hearing debates and discussions about bills and laws.

GRTC, sponsored by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains with support from the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, has been offered for more than a decade.

"This truly is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to learn about government and develop confidence and leadership skills along the way," program coordinator Melissa Mason said.

As part of the program, girls will spend six days between January and June shadowing female legislators at the state capitol.

Ashley Morrill, a student at Lakes Region Union High School in Orleans, Vt., said her time spent at her state capitol last year was a life-changing experience.

"I saw how everyday people can help change the course of legislation through testifying and giving feedback," Morrill said. "Vermont is a small state that has strong connections with its people, and that was very apparent through this process."

GRTC applications are available at girlscoutsgwm.org and are due by Saturday, Oct. 31.

Applicants should be articulate and mature, able to fully participate in all Statehouse visits and in evaluations and training, including an overnight stay during February or April vacation.

Although there is no charge for the program, participants must register with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

For more information, email Mason at mmason@girlscoutsgwm.org or visit girlscoutsgwm.org.