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Alumni Spotlight: Reflections from Washington Week 1966 by Gary Hoachlander (MD-1966)

The USSYP caught up with Gary Hoachlander, a delegate from Maryland in 1966. Mr. Hoachlander exemplifies one of the pillars of the program: public service; with a long career in academia, the federal government and the nonprofit arena. He is currently president of ConnectED: The National Center for College and Career, based in Berkeley, California. Gary Hoachlander brings Washington Week 1966 to life in this essay of reflection written just weeks ago:

  One of the milestones of the United States Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week is composing a reflection essay once delegates have boarded planes and trains and returned to hometowns across the United States. Each year essays arrive filled with inspiration, poignancy and revelation. Reading them, the emotions are so vivid that the week feels like it ended only hours ago. Evidently, these memories do …

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Inaugural Washington Week Online Webinar Features Senate Youth Program Alumnus and Emergency Preparedness Expert Brian Kamoie

As the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold, the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) made the difficult decision to forgo the in-person 2020 Washington Week experience for only the second time in the program’s 58-year history, the other being in 1991 after the declaration of war in the Persian Gulf. Shortly following the decision, public health officials across the nation issued “Stay …

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Alumni Spotlight: Jordan Rasmusson (MN-2011) Pursuing Public Service as a Candidate for the Minnesota State Legislature

USSYP:  Tell us about your life after the Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week. Jordan: I was a USSYP delegate from Minnesota in 2011. After graduating from Harvard in 2015, I started working in the Minneapolis office of McKinsey & Company, a management consultancy. I worked with clients on five continents while with McKinsey and learned a ton about business and leadership. I was then recruited …

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Wisdom for an Uncertain Time: Contemplating, Science, Health and Public Service

During the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic, we look back to the reassuring words and calm wisdom of Washington Week 2017 keynote speaker Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. A holistic philosophy and deep passion for public service were central to the presentation by the soft-spoken, self-effacing 39-year old, who came to the podium as the youngest person and the first …

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The Alumni Bookshelf: USSYP Alumni Author Noah Harris on finding Successville

In a new post in the Alumni Bookshelf series, we are delighted to feature alumni Noah Harris (MS-2018), who recently wrote a children’s book called Successville to inspire and encourage children to “dream big” and work hard to achieve their goals. Based on his own childhood growing up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the brightly illustrated story teaches children about the importance of education. It tells readers …

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USSYP Alumni Pathways to the Hill: Tips on finding internships, jobs and insider scoop on the Hill

After a week as meaningful and inspiring as Washington Week is, delegates often find that their new career goal is to return to Washington to work on Capitol Hill to immerse themselves in the legislative branch. Whether in internships or full-time positions, we are proud to have many alumni who have dedicated their talents and energy to roles on Capitol Hill. Today, we feature two …

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Four “Lions of the Senate” Shared Wit and Wisdom With Senate Youth Delegates Over their Decades in Office

  As application season for the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program begins, we have been reflecting on our history and would like to offer a few highlights from Washington Weeks past. We are featuring four illustrious Senate leaders, who were committed supporters of the program during their long careers on Capitol Hill. We hope you will enjoy reading about and learning from these “Senate …

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The Alumni Bookshelf: USSYP Alumni Authors Share Their Stories on Writing, Being Published and Inspiration

USSYP alumni have contributed to society in a wide variety of ways, at a wide variety of ages. Today, we share the remarkable story of USSYP 2018 alumnus Andrew Mangan, who suffered a life-changing accident just over a year prior to attending Washington Week. Andrew turned his unforeseen challenge into opportunity through extreme physical and emotional resilience and intellectual curiosity. His research project on the …

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Spectacular Speaking Events with the USSYP 2019 Senate Co-Chairs

The opening dinner of the 57th annual Washington Week began with the historic melodies of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. The USSYP 2019 Republican Co-Chair Senator Joni K. Ernst of Iowa soon took the stage to share her Midwestern warmth, behind-the-scenes Senate stories, and sound advice for success in life. Her rural state and farming background set the foundation for the pillars that …

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Cabinet Officials Share Wisdom and Advice with Nation’s Future Leaders

While it is true that every president of the United States has met with the USSYP delegates during Washington Week since John F. Kennedy in 1963, the student delegates are also fortunate to hear from other executive branch leaders as well. Each year, Cabinet secretaries and other executive leaders meet with the group to discuss the mission of their respective agencies and their passion to …

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