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United States Youth Senate 2015-16

Looking for high-achieving student leaders interested in government, history and public service to be nominated for an educational opportunity of a lifetime!

United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an amazing opportunity for motivated student leaders to have direct contact with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the nation who meet with them during a week-long intensive educational program in Washington, D.C. Students will meet with the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, U.S. Senators, Cabinet Secretaries and many other leaders. They will visit historic sites, museums and memorials as they learn about the inner workings of the nation's capital. Program dates are March 5 - 12, 2016. The USSYP mission is to encourage the best and brightest students in America's high schools to pursue careers in public service.

Two students from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate scholarship each and a week-long trip to Washington, D.C., to observe how government operates. The DoDEA delegates are selected from the overseas DoDEA schools in Europe, Pacific, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA students enrolled in our stateside schools (DDESS) must apply through their state programs.


2014-15 DoDEA Representatives

Youth Senate

Interviewing Youth Senate Leaders

Dr. Talley Congradulating the Youth Senate Leaders

Students enrolled in overseas schools should contact the high school principal/counselor for an application. Students enrolled in stateside schools should follow the directions for applying on the USSYP website.

Principals, teachers and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position in the 2015- 2016 academic year with a strong interest in government and history.

You can read the student essays of two former DoDEA student delegates, Phillip Ramirez and Avalon Roche on the USSYP website

You can see photos from last year's event on DoDEA's official Flickr page.

Students attending Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools in the United States will compete with other applicants within their state for a delegate position. Application deadline dates vary by state and are found on the . Deadlines USSYP website for applications are generally September - October but vary by state.