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.




Vice President Michael R. Pence

Senator Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
Senator Charles E. Schumer
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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Some keynote speakers are a part of the United States Senate Youth Program family for many years. Recently retired, former NASA Director Charlie Bolden inspired countless USSYP delegates over the years, both at NASA’s downtown Washington, D.C. headquarters and its larger campus at Goddard Spaceflight Center. He arranged an audio-visual link to the International Space Station in 2015, dedicated an hour of NASA-TV to the USSYP so friends and family back home could watch along, and often brought in famed astrophysicist and History and Science channel expert Dr. Michelle Thaller to share the stage with him. His life story exemplifies USSYP’s three pillars of education, leadership and public service. He is a scientist, astronaut, Marine Corps Major General, pilot, and all around inspirational speaker. “Study hard, work hard, and don’t ever be afraid of failure. Find whatever it is that makes you passionate — and follow it!” His closing remarks in 2015 were inscribed in many leather-bound USSYP notebooks. (© Photo by Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin).


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