U.S. Senate Youth Program


Overview

The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution in 1962 creating the UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM, a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America's political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. The United States Youth Program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high school students-two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity-during an intensive week-long educational program held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. Each student also receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Now in its fifty-third year, the program has been fully funded since inception by THE HEARST FOUNDATIONS as part of the Foundations' continuing commitment to preparing young people for citizenship and leadership in our participatory democracy.

    Criteria

    Each student applicant must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently a junior or senior enrolled in a public or private high school. The school must be located in the state in which either one of the applicant's parents or guardians legally reside. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations and continue to serve in that elected position for the entire 2016-2017 school year:
    • Student body: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer
    • Class President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer
    • Student Council: Representative
    • District, regional, or state-level civic or educational organizations: Representative.
    • School clubs (e.g., Chess Club)  are not  considered civic or educational organizations
    A student attending a school located in a state other than the state of legal residence of his or her parents or guardians is not eligible.
    Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, community service, and demonstrated qualities of leadership for the current school year.

      Application Must be Received by: October 26, 2015

      Mail Completed Application to:
      Sylvia Verdugo
      Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent
      Nevada Department of Education
      700 East Fifth Street, Suite 100
      Carson City, NV 89701

        Applications must be sent from the student's school of
        record.

        No other applications will be accepted.