Education • Leadership • Public Service

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 56th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 3 – 10, 2018. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. To apply, please contact your state selection contact.

55th Annual UNITED STATES
SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM
2017 SENATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 

 HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Vice President Michael R. Pence

Senator Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Democratic Leader

SENATE CO-CHAIRS

Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

SENATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Bill Cassidy MD (R-LA)
Joni K. Ernst (R-IA)
James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Christopher S. Murphy (D-CT)
Jon Tester (D-MT)

 

There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him. ~Thomas Jefferson

2016-17 NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2016-2017. www.principals.org

       

 

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One of the highlights of the United States Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week is the Senate Reception, the one certain opportunity delegates have to meet their home state senators. As delegates learn first-hand, Senate schedules are packed from dawn to dusk and beyond. Yet, year after year, senators give their time to personally offer their congratulations to the USSYP delegates, knowing one day they too may serve as senators. This week, America has seen the intensity, focus and stamina required as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee steer lengthy confirmation hearings for a new Supreme Court justice. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and senior Committee member Patrick Leahy of Vermont have shown their leadership during the lengthy sessions, including 11 consecutive hours on March 21. Despite extremely demanding schedules, these two senators combined have attended the Senate Youth Program reception 68 times in their Senate careers, exemplifying their dedication to the youth of our nation. (© Photo by Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin)

Downloads

2017 BROCHURE (866 KB PDF)
2016 YEARBOOK (6.3 MB PDF)
2015 YEARBOOK (6.8 MB PDF)

Important Links

The U.S. Senate
Senate Virtual Reference Desk
USSYP Alumni Association
The Hearst Foundations
The Federal Student Aid Office
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