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.
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.
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.
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.
Please visit Texas Association of Secondary School Principals for the application.
United States Senate Youth Program Texas Delegates
|2021 Delegate||2021 Delegate||2020 Delegate||2020 Delegate|
|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 10/14/2021