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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New Blog Feature: A behind the scenes look at the USSYP delegate experience

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The United States Senate is known for iconic national figures capturing headlines and paragraphs in history books. But, behind the scenes, the efficient functioning of this deliberative body is in the hands of senior officers such as the Secretary of the Senate, a position established in 1789. Julie Adams serves as the 33rd Secretary of the Senate, and she has upheld the annual tradition of meeting with the Senate Youth Program to relay the context of her job and share her wisdom with USSYP delegates. She described the Senate as a family, and hoped delegates would consider working on Capitol Hill in the future. “Remain humble. Have a strong work ethic. Share credit with those that helped you. Master the mundane tasks and more complex responsibilities will come your way,” she assured. (© 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