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U.S. Senate Youth Program

Application Criteria

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.

2019-2020 United States Senate Youth Program

Eligibility Requirements 

The candidate must be:

  • A legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States;
  • A resident of New Jersey;
  • Currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in a public or nonpublic high school in New Jersey; and
  • Currently serving (through at least March 2020) in an elected or appointed capacity in a student government, civic or educational organization, such as:
    • Student body president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer;
    • Class president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer;
    • Student council representative, or;
    • Student representative to an elected or appointed district, regional, or state-level civic or educational organization (e.g., elected officer of National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact, Junior State of America, appointed student representative to Board of Education).
  • Willing to sign a Code of Conduct to participate in Washington Week

(Please note that students selected as delegates to the program in past years are not eligible to participate in this year's program.) 

Criteria for Selection

The Hearst Foundation seeks candidates that show:

  • Outstanding leadership ability;
  • High scholastic standing;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Interest in America's political processes; and
  • Strong commitment to community involvement and public service.