Education • Leadership • Public Service

Founded and sponsored by the Hearst Foundations, the United States Senate Youth Program was established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution and offers 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


Tim Scott (R-SC)
Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME)


John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Kamala D. Harris (D-CA)
Joe Manchin III (D-WV)
Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)


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

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. 



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As Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough took to the podium in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room she explained, “I serve as a nonpartisan, apolitical umpire for the Senate, a neutral arbiter of its rules and procedures, an interpreter of federal law and the Constitution as they apply to the Senate’s conduct of day-to-day business.” C-SPAN devotees see her on the dais right below the presiding officer. Embodying the Senate Youth Program philosophy with her closing remarks to the delegates of 2017, she said, “Public service is a noble calling.” She encouraged all delegates to follow their hearts, and hoped some of them would return to the halls of the Senate after college. (© Photo by Jakub Mosur and Erin Lubin)


2017 YEARBOOK (6.7 MB PDF)
2016 YEARBOOK (6.3 MB PDF)

Important Links

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