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U.S. Senate Youth Program

2022 Application Process and Deadline

The 2022 application window is now closed. All applicants will receive notification on the status of their applications by Friday, December 10, 2021.

Update 10/13/21: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to affect the safety of travel, indoor gatherings and access to government buildings, the 2022 United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week will be held online during the March 5 – 10, 2022 timeframe. The program will be a comprehensive public service, leadership and education experience including speakers from the three branches of government and the national media, and each delegate will receive the $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate.  Additional details will be made available upon selection.

2019 Senate Youth Group Photo on Capitol Steps
2019 Senate Youth Delegates

The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution in 1962 creating the UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM (USSYP), a national non-partisan initiative to provide an annual opportunity for talented high school students with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service.

The USSYP brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government to meet with this outstanding group of young leaders-two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) - for an intensive week-long education and leadership program held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. Each student will also receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Now in its fifty-ninth year, the program has been fully funded since inception by THE HEARST FOUNDATIONS as an enduring commitment to preparing young people for civic leadership in our participatory democracy.

Numbering more than 5,500, USSYP alumni serve the country in many ways. They have become leaders in government, law, business, education, journalism, the military, medicine, health care, higher education, and many other fields. Alumni serve as elected and appointed officials at all levels of government, including two current United States senators, many congressional staff members, a former governor, former senior political advisors to the president of the United States, former ambassadors, and former federal judges. The commonality to all their successes is the desire to serve.

The 60th Annual United States Senate Youth Washington Week Program will be held in online, from March 5-12, 2022.


2022 US Senate Youth Official Program Brochure 


Each student must be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application. The student must be enrolled for the entire academic year in a public or independent high school located in the state (including for these purposes, the District of Columbia) in which at least one of their parents or guardians currently resides.  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 school year:

·      Student Body President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer;

·      Class President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer;

·      Student Council Representative;

·      National Honor Society officer; or

·      Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the Colorado Department of Education.

Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, community service, and demonstrated qualities of leadership for the current school year.  


Questions? Please contact Patty Gleason at