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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Senate Youth Program delegates received invaluable life and career advice from one of America’s most senior public servants charged with keeping America safe. Nicholas J. Rasmussen, who began his career as an intern, now serves as the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). “Make sure you develop a keen ability to write well and to think analytically because these are invaluable skills. There is no pathway that you will pursue where these skills won’t be incredibly important to you. Whatever is going to be happening in the global economy, there is always a job for someone who can think, speak and write with clarity and precision,” he advised. In his remarks, he graciously took a moment to acknowledge USSYP alumna, Maine Senator Susan Collins for being one of the legislative authors that created the NCTC, and urged all in attendance to seek avenues of public service in their lives. (© 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