Window on Washington Week: The Places You Will Go

Are you preparing to apply for the 57th Annual United States Senate Youth Program? During the course of seven days, delegates to Washington Week are immersed in the nation’s capital – its history, leaders, culture and architectural splendor. As delegates hear from America’s most distinguished public servants, they incorporate memorable visits to sites such as the National Archives, Arlington National Cemetery, Library of Congress, the …

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The Past and Present: The Founders and Leaders of the Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program was founded in 1962 by a bipartisan group of historic Senate statesmen who were united in a vision for finding a new way to encourage the most talented high school students in the nation to consider careers in government. These four Senate leaders worked with the philanthropic sons of William Randolph Hearst, who had initiated the idea and vowed …

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Lessons of Washington Week: The Importance of Civility

The student delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) are selected based on their demonstrated leadership in elected or appointed positions; their knowledge of public affairs, current events, politics and history; their passion for serving their communities, and their overall academic success.  Two students from each state, D.C. and the Department of Defense Education Activity overseas come together for the program each year, …

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Alumni Pathways: Teaching Art to Navajo Nation Students Exemplifies the Many Paths to Public Service

  The United States Senate Youth Program attracts talented young leaders with wide-ranging passions and ambitions.  The common denominator lies in the desire to improve the lives of others.  Josh Dillinger (USSYP WY – 2013) has long known that he wanted to be involved in education.  Combining his talent and creativity in the visual arts with his desire to serve through education, he became an …

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A Washington Week Tradition: Ambassadors Offer a Window on the World and Advice for Success

From the moment he reached the podium, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, spoke heart to heart with students on the edge of adulthood. He described his decision to follow a nontraditional path after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He shared that it would have been easy to follow the crowd into the financial industry, something he had …

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Alumni Spotlight: USSYP alum follows his dream to work on Capitol Hill

When Jace Motley (AR – 2013) reflects on his unforgettable week in Washington as a 2013 USSYP delegate, he says that he decided then and there that he wanted to work on Capitol Hill. Jace, a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, is emblematic of USSYP delegates who set their lofty goals during Washington Week and work toward achieving them step-by-step with grit and …

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Behind the scenes: A look into the USSYP delegate experience

The Washington Week Experience – Is it for you? It is both commonality and diversity that make Washington Week such a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Student leaders from different backgrounds and geographic locales come together in our nation’s capital to share their passion for public service. During the week-long exchange of ideas between speakers and delegates and among the delegates themselves, the students’ intellectual horizons are widened, …

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Spotlight on our 2017 Senate Co-Chairs: 2017 Co-Chair Keynote with Senator Heitkamp at the National Archives

Senator Heidi Heitkamp with Ashlen Wright (left) and Alyx Schmitz (right) Standing before the original founding charters of the United States in the magnificent rotunda of the National Archives, the United States Senate Youth Program 2017 Democratic Co-Chair Senator Heidi Heitkamp captured the profundity and resplendence of the moment. “The greatest blessing you have, other than your family, is that you are born in this …

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Spotlight on our 2017 Senate Co-Chairs: Opening dinner with Senator Roger F. Wicker

The 2017 United States Senate Youth Program Republican Co-Chair Senator Roger F. Wicker is in his second term in the U.S. Senate. He truly exemplifies a life of public service. Before becoming a senator, he was elected seven times to the U.S. House representing Mississippi’s First Congressional District, served in the Mississippi State Legislature, and was on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and …

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Alumni Spotlight – Nevada delegate creates legislation for financial literacy education

In the Nevada Senate Chambers, Evan Gong (left) stands with  Nevada State Senator Joyce Woodhouse and Kyle Walker, another member of the Nevada Youth Legislature involved in the legislation. Recent alum Evan Gong (NV-2015) brought his Washington Week experience directly into the real world political arena. He crafted legislation designed to improve financial literacy education in his state and recently had his bill pass the …

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