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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. The annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5-12, 2016. 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. 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 participate in a meeting with 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 $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

Testimonial PDF   04/21/2015 (83.06 KB)

2015-2016 U.S. Senate Youth Program
A selection committee will review eligible nominees who have submitted the completed application and qualifying essay questions by October 23, 2015. From the top competitors, the selection committee will invite 4 of the nominees for a site visit and interview. Once these interviews have been completed, two finalists and a first and second alternate to represent Oregon will be selected.

Required Application Documents
    1. A statement of recommendation for the student.
    2. The Student Activities Profile.
    3. An essay responding to one of the four Essay Topics.
    4. A statement of the specific process used to determine the school's nominee.

  • USSYP Student Activities Profile MS-Word   12/04/2014 (39.50 KB)
  • USSYP 2014-2015 Essay Topics MS-Word   08/13/2014 (33 KB)

  • Felicia Bechtoldt Email    (503) 947-5801
    Office of the Deputy Superintendent - Executive Support Specialist

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