United States Senate Youth Program

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United States Senate Youth Program

The U.S. Senate Youth Program is merit-based and highly competitive

Qualified junior or senior high school students who applied for this opportunity showed demonstrated leadership through public service in elected positions during the entire 2024 – 2025 school year where they actively represented a constituency in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history and/or community service. The students must actively serve in qualified leadership positions and are enrolled in high school.

Two student delegates and a first and second alternate will be selected. The two winning delegates will represent DoDEA and the U.S. Senators for where their parent is registered to vote in an intensive educational program during the 63rd annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week.

Each of the two winning delegates will be awarded $10,000 undergraduate college Scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Winners MUST attend the entire 2025 Washington Week, to receive the scholarship.

IMPORTANT: DoDEA students living in the Pacific, Europe, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Cuba apply through DoDEA Headquarters. DoDEA students in the Americas apply for the US Senate Youth Program through the state education agency and compete with other state applicants within their state.

SY 2024-2025 Application Deadline

The Application Window for eligible DoDEA students is August 28th – October 25th, 2024. Students interested in applying will request membership in the Schoology course by contacting Ms. Elizabeth Costanzo elizabeth.costanzo@dodea.edu to enroll in the course.

SY 2023 – 2024 USSYP Students

Francis Baden

Baden Francis

Baden Francis, a U.S. resident, is a junior at Kadena High School in Japan, serves as the vice president of the Junior class, one of many student government roles held throughout his schooling. He is frequently found volunteering in the community and spent several weeks last summer teaching and leading Boy Scouts from across Asia at a leadership training course in Tokyo. Baden is thrilled to represent DoDEA for the Senate Youth Program and anticipates the experience will broaden his understanding of government while cementing his aspirations of future leadership in America.
Robert Rasmussen

Robert Rasmussen

Robert Rasmussen, a U.S. resident, is a senior at Vilseck High School in Germany and serves as the battalion commander for his Junior Reserve Officers Training Unit, is an active member of National Honor Society, and participates in both Model United Nations and Model U.S. Senate. Living in Germany since 2016, Robert is passionate about politics and feels the Senate Youth Program experience will give a unique perspective on how the U.S. government functions. He plans on attending the U.S. Air Force Academy.

SY 2023 – 2024 USSYP Students

SY 2022 – 2023 USSYP Students

State Sites for Students in the Americas


USSYP Website
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.

Contact Information

DoDEA Social Studies Instructional Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400
Email: dodea.social-studies@dodea.edu

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