New Jersey Department of Education

United States Senate Youth Program

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is pleased to announce its participation in the 63rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) sponsored by the Hearst Foundations and the United States Senate. The USSYP, 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. 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.

The 63rd annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned to be held in person in Washington, D.C. March 1 – 8, 2025. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Students must be actively serving in high-level elected or appointed leadership positions, in which they are actively representing a constituency, to qualify to apply.

Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as usually participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 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.

The United States Senate Youth Program is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in their school and community. Only students who are truly interested in government, history, politics, and leadership should apply. Students interested in applying must demonstrate high academic achievement, strong written and oral communication skills, as well as a commitment to public service through participation in community service and civic engagement initiatives.

Page Last Updated: 05/23/2024

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