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


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


John Barrasso, M.D. (R-WY)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Deb Fisher (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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George Washington’s expansive Mount Vernon estate offers delegates an immersion into early American history and long wooded pathways meant for walking and conversation with new friends. The key to the Bastille, given to Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette, always draws a lot of attention. Washington displayed the key prominently, describing it as “A token of victory by liberty over despotism.” 2017 Kansas delegate Tel Wittmer felt connected to America’s first president through a discussion of President Washington’s agricultural acumen, saying “There could not have been a more perfect way to start off the week. It was at Mount Vernon that I realized how much I truly admire and love history.” (© 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