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 resounding through the Grand Ballroom of The Mayflower Hotel. 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 …

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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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Alumni Spotlight: South Bend Mayor Peter Buttigieg Reflects on Washington Week, Leadership and Public Service

We are so pleased to be able to share an exciting new Alumni Spotlight featuring USSYP Alum Peter Buttigieg (IN – 2000).  Affectionately known as “Mayor Pete” to his South Bend, Indiana constituents, Peter Buttigieg (pronounced ‘buddah-jedge’) embodies the passion and energy that drive Senate Youth delegates and alums in all fields of service. A magna cum laude Harvard graduate as well as a Rhodes …

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Sharing the Wisdom and Advice of Celebrated USSYP Speakers  

  The senior public officials who speak to the USSYP delegates during Washington Week offer such a bounty of advice and illuminating stories from their personal lives and careers that the delegates often run out of ink taking notes in their leather-bound keepsake journals. As a gift for the holiday season, we would like to share some highlights from past speakers with our USSYP community. …

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Washington Week Highlights the Fourth Estate

The fourth estate, as the free press is also known, is a term recognizing the critical role of trained and ethical journalists as watchdogs of the public interest in a functioning democracy. America’s founders knew the integral role of the press as a check and balance on power at the outset of the nation. Journalists play a key part in the United States Senate Youth …

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Veteran’s Day Remembrance: USSYP delegates reflect on visiting Arlington National Cemetery

During Washington Week, the U.S. Senate Youth Program delegates are immersed in learning about various pathways into public service from the highest elected and appointed officials in the country. The students navigate the week under the watchful gaze of their Military Mentors, who guide and offer advice on finding success in education, life and career.  The week comes to an emotional culmination for the 104 …

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A Washington Week Tradition: Ambassadors Leading by Example though Diplomacy and Public Service

An important educational pillar of the United States Senate Youth Program’s Washington Week is the annual keynote event with an Ambassador to the United States. The delegates gain firsthand insight into international affairs and diplomacy through this intimate and interactive discussion. In recent years, Ambassadors to the United States from Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Sweden …

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Alumni Spotlight: 2012 USSYP Alum Brent Comstock bridges entrepreneurship and public service in his start-up

In our latest “Alumni Spotlight” blog, we interview Brent Comstock (NE-2012), who began his start-up venture in digital consulting at age 12, and has now built a number of associated public-serving ventures. Brent’s company, BCom, exemplifies how entrepreneurship and public service can go hand-in-hand. In a nation that celebrates innovation in business, philanthropy and service, USSYP encourages creative, bold leaders like Brent to reach for their …

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