Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education United States Senate Youth Program and Application

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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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Since 1962, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have spent one week in Washington, D.C., seeing the national government in action as part of the Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Delegates visit with national leaders on Capitol Hill and at the White House, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, and the Department of State; each delegate is also awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. Arkansas is proud to participate in such a worthwhile program providing real world leadership experience to students.  Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key will recommend two Arkansas high school juniors or seniors to serve as delegates for the 57th Annual USSYP, pursuant to the recommendations of the USSYP selection committee. 

Through the USSYP, over 5,500 young people have had this once in a lifetime experience. Each year, 104 delegates from across the nation have expenses paid as guests of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The next USSYP will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 2-9, 2019. Delegates must attend the Washington Week program to receive the financial scholarship, including both travel days.


An applicant must be a junior or senior interested in government, political science, and public service who is enrolled in an accredited public or private secondary school and currently hold a leadership position in a student government, civic, or educational organization officially sponsored by the student's school, or be an elected or appointed leader in a state or community organization. Complete information about the program is contained in the attached USSYP brochure and Eligibility Rules and Requirements.   

Students will be expected to abide by the Rules and Code of Conduct, as outlined on the website:

An application, which may be reproduced, is attached, along with guidelines for completing the application process. Applications must contain a legible POSTMARK of no later than Friday, October 5, 2018. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Late or incomplete applications will be ineligible. Additional applications and information are available on the Arkansas Department of Education website at A selection committee will screen all eligible applicants and make recommendations to the Commissioner of Education.


For general program information, please visit the United States Senate Youth Program website

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