Pre-Primary Meetings & Campaigning

At Cornhusker Boys State, high school juniors from across Nebraska engage in a week-long immersion in civic education and political engagement. One of the program’s most exciting aspects is the campaign process, where students vie for elected positions, including governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Through spirited campaigning, passionate advocacy, and Election Day anticipation, delegates experience firsthand the democratic process in action.

Beyond the thrill of the campaign, Cornhusker Boys State offers a comprehensive exploration of citizenship and leadership. Delegates participate in workshops, interact with elected officials, and develop a deeper understanding of civic responsibility. This transformative experience equips young leaders with the skills and insights needed to make a meaningful impact in their communities and beyond.

Elections in Nebraska

Deputy Secretary of State, Wayne Bena,  had a conversation with delegates on the topic of elections in Nebraska. Dep. Secretary Bena covered a range of issues from election process, changes in voter ID requirements, common misconceptions regarding elections/voting, the need for poll volunteers, early voting, and other current issues in society regarding election security and confidence in elections.

Thank you to the Secretary of State’s office for your support of the Boys State program.

College Fair 2023

Boys’ and Girls State delegates had the opportunity to visit with area college representatives at the Cornhusker Boys’ and Girl’s State college fair. This year we had 17 institutions represented.

Courageous Conversations at Boys’ State

Today, the delegates at Boys’ State engaged in a “Courageous Conversation About Race” session at Hawks Hall. The interactive session was an encouraging discussion about leadership and valuing the contributions and experiences of others. The students were encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and grow relationships and understanding with people of different cultural backgrounds. The speakers were the former Mayor of Lincoln, Don Wesely, Judi Gaiabshkibos of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, and Thomas Christie of Lincoln Public Schools.