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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2018 Senate Co-Chairs Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders

  Esteemed bipartisan Senate luminaries have lead the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) as Co-Chairs for almost six decades. The March 2018 program saw groundbreaking Co-Chair senators at the helm. Senator Tim Scott, the first African American senator to represent South Carolina and Senator Angus King, the first Independent to serve in a Co-Chair role, addressed delegates in evening keynote speeches imparting wisdom and …

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Window on Washington Week: The People You Shall Meet

Delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program are fortunate to meet with the highest-level elected and appointed leaders of our nation, from each government branch, in long-form discussions that include lots of time for Q&A.  Why do busy officials make time for these young people?  Because they know that the future of  our country rests in their hands.  The 104 students who attend Washington …

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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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