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U.S. Senate Youth Program

Please be advised that 2019-2020 United State Senate Youth Program application materials will be sent to districts via the NJDOE broadcast system by early September. For more information, please review the United States Senate Youth Program youth brochure (see link in resources box). Students who meet the application criteria should let their guidance counselor and/ or principal know that they are interested in becoming their school's nominee.

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce its participation in the 58th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) sponsored by the Hearst Foundations and the United States Senate. Principals of public or nonpublic schools in New Jersey may nominate one outstanding junior or senior to be considered for this highly competitive, merit-based program.

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington, D.C. experiencing their federal government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and leaders of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president of the United States. Each session includes an in-depth question and answer period.

All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

Students selected for this prestigous program will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct in which they agree to serve with civility, respect and polotical objectivity during the Washington Week program time frame,as representatives of their states and comminities.

The United States Senate Youth Program is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in their school and community and a strong commitment to public service. The type of student who thrives during Washington Week is one who is truly interested in government, history, politics, and leadership. The Hearst Foundations seek students who are confident and excel at public speaking since Washington Week provides the opportunity to speak directly with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the country, including the President of the United States. High academic achievement, high aspirations for college and career and other clear examples of self-motivation and creativity often define Senate Youth delegates. Being president of student body government is not enough of a qualifier in many cases – additional and often extraordinary examples of a student's passion for service and empathy for others are often better indicators.

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 58th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 2 – 9, 2020.

For more information, please click on the links for the application process, application criteria.