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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USSYP Alumni Reflect on Amazing and Intense Experiences at the National Party Conventions

USSYP Alumni Reflect on Amazing and Intense Experiences at the National Party Conventions. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a delegate or work at a national political convention? Several of our USSYP alumni did just that and we thank the individuals listed below for telling us how those experiences changed and shaped their views. Read on to find out what …

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Alaska Students Come From Far Away for Washington Week but Soon Feel Right At Home

Alaska Delegates Lucas Arthur and Kiera O’Brien with Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan at the 2016 USSYP Annual Senate Reception Alaska students must make a long journey to attend Washington Week. In fact, to be assured of arriving for the official start time of the program, Alaska delegates usually have to miss school and fly a day early, as they have to change planes at least …

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USSYP Senate Co-Chair Showcase

Each year, the U.S. Senate Youth Program asks two sitting senators, one from each party, to serve as active Co-Chairs, each committing to an evening keynote speaking event that gives the students a rare chance to hear personal stories and career and life advice from some of the most influential elected officials in the country.  Co-Chairs have used humor, rousing enthusiasm, quiet personal reflection and …

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View from Abroad: the United States Senate Youth Program Ambassador Luncheon

Have you ever considered a career in diplomacy? Many Senate Youth delegates are passionate about international relations, so it is a cherished Washington Week tradition to welcome Washington’s diplomatic elite at the Annual Ambassador Luncheon. Invariably the Ambassadors offer delegates a deeper perspective on international affairs, foreign policy and America itself. In addition to providing an overview of their home countries’ politics, history and culture, the Ambassadors also share …

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Leaders Behind the Scenes – Senate Secretary Julie Adams

Almost every American interested in current events is familiar with political leaders who are in the headlines every day.  However, during Washington Week Senate Youth delegates go beyond the headline-makers and meet several of the dedicated and powerful behind-the-scenes leaders in our Capitol. Spending the morning with the Secretary of the Senate and the Senate Parliamentarian is always a highlight of Washington Week, and at …

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