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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Alumni Spotlight

We are honored to feature Lieutenant Commander Janelle Kuroda (HI – 1997) in the Alumni Spotlight blog. Janelle is an Alumna of USSYP as well as a three-time Military Mentor serving in 2006, 2007 and 2012. In her path since Washington Week, she has served the United States in many critical roles. We are delighted to share her inspiring story with you. We would note that her interview …

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Alumni Spotlight

2012 Alumnae (L-R) Mariam Ahmad, Amanda Patarino, Monica DiLeo and Molly Stoneman at the Annual United States Senate Youth Alumni Association (USSYAA) Alumni Day during Washington Week. New blog feature: the Alumni Spotlight With a new class of USSYP delegates preparing to arrive in Washington, D.C. next month, what a perfect moment to share how life-changing the Washington Week experience can be. Our first Alumni Spotlight features Amanda Patarino (CO – …

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The USSYP Ambassador Lunch: A Diplomat’s Perspective

German Ambassador to the United States Peter Wittig, keynote speaker at the most recent United States Senate Youth Program Ambassador luncheon, has been playing a key role amid significant political upheaval since his March 2016 speech. The early summer vote in the United Kingdom to separate from the European Union has changed the political landscape, and Ambassador Wittig has become a calming voice highlighting the …

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The Alumni Insider’s View on Making the Most of a Congressional Office Internship

The U.S. Senate Youth Program encourages motivated and high-achieving young leaders to be directly involved in our participatory democracy. Countless delegates leave Washington Week wanting to get a deeper view into the workings of the legislative branch – either by returning to D.C. or working in their senator’s or representative’s state offices. We caught up with a few recent USSYP alumni who interned on Capitol …

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Anderson House and the Society of the Cincinnati

The 2016 United States Senate Youth delegates had a unique opportunity to visit a lavish and historic D.C. mansion that is home to the Society of the Cincinnati, and to hear from one of the nation’s renowned scholars of the Revolutionary War era. Welcoming the group to the magnificent Anderson House was historian Jack Warren, the executive director of the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation’s …

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