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 55th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 4 – 11, 2017. 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.




Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Senator Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
Senator Harry Reid
Democratic Leader


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


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.



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A visit to a museum dedicated to American liberty.

Photo of the Week

Washington Week is replete with once-in-a-lifetime meetings with world and national leaders, but there is also time to enjoy Washington, D.C.’s historic landscape. Monuments, museums, the open greenspace of the National Mall and the serenity of the Tidal Basin are all part of the United States Senate Youth Program experience. Friendships are deepened, public policy debates continue in the open air, and selfies are sent home to friends and family. (© Photo by Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin).


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