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.

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

United States Senate Youth Program

Texas Application Process

Please Note: Due to the many uncertainties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Hearst Foundations’ planning for Washington Week 2021 is currently on hold and applications nationwide are NOT being accepted at this time. Please check for updates here that we will post as soon as we have heard from the USSYP with additional information.

United States Senate Youth Program Texas Delegates

Jarret Carnes Photo
Ema Waring Photo
 Kendall Haase USSYP 2018  James Williamson USSYP 2018
2019 Award Essay 2019 Award Essay 2018 Award Essay 2018 Award Essay
School Year Delegates Alternates
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
Contact Information

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

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
beverly@tassp.org