United States Senate Youth Program

In 1962, the United States Senate voted unanimously to endorse a nationwide youth program to bring high school students to Washington, DC for a brief introduction to the functions of the federal government. The program was created and authorized by Senate Resolution 234 and has been reauthorized ever since. The original resolution specified that the program be "supported by private funds with no expense to the federal government". As a result, The Hearst Foundations assumed financial support of the program and continues its sponsorship today.

The annual United States Senate Youth Program authorizes the selection of 104 student delegates, two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Office of Dependents Schools. The delegates are immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay. Their stops include visits to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon. Delegates hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments.

Each year, the Hearst Foundations pay all expenses for the week-long Washington stay, including transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. Members of all branches of the US military chaperone the students for the week.  Each delegate is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.

2021 US Senate Youth Yearbook

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. 

Basic Qualifications  

The student must:

  • be serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire 2021-2022 school year;
  • be attending high school in Texas through graduation Spring 2022;
  • be interested in and participating in leadership, public service and government related activities;
  • be able to attend the entire 2022 in-person Washington Week March 5-12, 2022; and
  • have US citizenship or legal permanent residence status on application date.

For additional information and program rules please visit United States Senate Youth Program and the 2022 USSYP Brochure.

Texas Application Process

Please contact your high school principal to determine if you will be the sole choice to represent your school as the candidate for the US Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The principal's signature is a requirement on the application, so communicating with your school officials should be your first step. 
 
As part of that discussion, you and your principal (or counselor or Student Council Advisor) will review the details of your leadership roles in relationship to the eligibility requirements set forth in the 2022 USSYP Brochure

2023 USSYP applications will be available August, 2022. 

United States Senate Youth Program Texas Delegates

 
Sara Beth Beasley Image
Xuechen Yin Image
 
Kendyll Locke Image
Jenna Williamson Image
   
   2021 Delegate  2021 Delegate    2020 Delegate  2020 Delegate    
 School Year  Delegates  Alternates
2020-2021 Sara Beth Beasley, Medina Valley ISD
Xuechen Yin, Westlake ISD
Shania Diane Hurtado, Klein ISD
Derek Whitman, Ysleta ISD
2019-2020 Kendyll Locke, Crowley ISD
Jenna Williamson, Texarkana ISD
Anna Alves, Clear Creek ISD
Maggi Gallaspy, Hardin-Jefferson ISD
2018-2019 Jarret Carnes, Whitehouse ISD
Ema Waring, Azle ISD
Jonah Riojas, McAllen ISD
Jacob Reese, Canton ISD
2017-2018 Kendall Haase, Bastrop ISD
James Williamson, Texarkana ISD
Marina Hernandez, Granbury ISD
Kwame Ambaah, Northwest ISD
2016-2017 Ricky Cooks Jr, Texarkana ISD
Amina Mabizari, Alief ISD
Rebecca Brady, Bastrop ISD
Aurelio Angel, Teague ISD
2015-2016 Cesia Flores, South Texas ISD
Corina Lobo, San Antonio ISD
James Schmidt, Arlington ISD
Maheen Khizar, South Texas ISD
2014-2015 Jocelyn Hernandez-Vasquez, North East ISD
Vance Vaughan, Fort Bend ISD
Pauline Lota, Lubbock ISD
Cade Palmer, White Oak ISD
2013-2014 Sachin Gupta, Northwest ISD
Sarah Lanford, Spring Branch ISD
Lisa Michaels, Plano ISD
William Wu, Clear Creek ISD
2012-2013 Pooja M. Patel, Midland ISD
John Getz, Lubbock-Cooper ISD
Sachin Gupta, Northwest ISD
William Wu, Clear Creek ISD
2011-2012 Hayden Greer, Hardin Jefferson ISD
Hailey Stevenson, Leander ISD
Santiago Garcia, Fort Bend ISD
Amy Cindy Chyao, Plano ISD
2010-2011 Braydon Jones, Texarkana ISD
Joyce Kim, Allen ISD
Lillian Simon, Humble ISD
Rhonda Hooper, Lindale ISD
2009-2010 William Ashford Hayes, Denton ISD
Jenny My Le, Clear Creek ISD
Chandler Nunez, Sinton ISD
Joyce Kim, Allen ISD

 

Content Updated 11/9/2021

 

Contact Information

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
melissa@tassp.org

College, Career, and Military Prep
USSYP@tea.texas.gov