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United States Senate Youth Program Texas

The Texas United States Senate Youth Program is for high school students who demonstrate leadership and an interest in government. Students must be a junior or senior in high school.

In 1962, the United States Senate voted unanimously to endorse a nationwide youth program that would bring high school students to Washington, DC for a brief introduction to the functions of the federal government -- particularly the Senate.

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 William Randolph Hearst Foundation assumed financial support of the program and continues its sponsorship today. The Foundation states that "it is in the public interest to encourage these outstanding young people to continue their educational development".

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 (DoDDS). The delegates are immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay, including visits to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon. Delegates hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, and officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments. Additional activities include visits to the various Smithsonian Museums.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses for the week-long Washington stay, including transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals.

Each delegate is awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

The students are chaperoned by members of all branches of the US military.

Additional Information

Texas Application Process

Texas Application Criteria

Delegates

United States Senate Youth Program (Not Texas Specific)

United States Senate Youth Program Website

Contacts


Texas Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to be considered for the Texas Delegate to the United States Senate Youth Leadership Program. Two Texas students are selected in the fall by a committee of school principals to represent the State of Texas at this event.

APPLICATION OPENS annually in August.
APPLICATION CLOSES annually October 15.

To begin the application process, interested students should:

  1. contact the high school principal and/or student council advisor and inform them that you are interested in applying to the Texas US Senate Youth Program.
  2. advise the high school principal and/or student council advisor that in August the information about the application process will be made available to high school principals through the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) publications and to student council advisors through the Texas Association of Student Council publications or can be downloaded May 1 annually from the TASSP website;
  3. once released, interested students should obtain and complete the application and compile the supporting documentation and letters of recommendation in an organized format; and
  4. by the deadline of October 15, submit the application and supporting documentation to the address provided on the application

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Texas Application Criteria

The school the applicant attends must be located in the state in which either one of the applicant's parents or guardians legally reside. A student attending a school located in a state other than the state of legal residence of his or her parents or guardians is not eligible. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations:

  • Student Body: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer
  • Class President, Vice president, Secretary or Treasurer
  • Student Council: Representative
  • District, regional, or state-level civic or educational organizations representative.

Note: School clubs (e.g., Chess Club are not considered civic or educational organizations).

Selection will be based on:

  1. LEADERSHIP: A statement from the applicant that shows how he/she has demonstrated outstanding ability and qualities of leadership.
  2. IN-SCHOOL EXTRA-CURRICULAR: A list all extra-curricular activities in which he/she has participated in school.
  3. NON-SCHOOL: A list of all non-school involvements with emphasis on community service.
  4. ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS: His/her rank in class, g.p.a., other academic honors.
  5. FUTURE PLANS; Description of future plans including educational and career goals.
  6. Letters of recommendation may be submitted and will be considered in the selection process.

In addition to the official application form, applicants will be required to submit comprehensive documentation for each selection category. Lack of documentation is why students are eliminated from the competition. Begin now to compile complete and understandable documentation and letters of recommendation so that when you apply you have all the information ready to be submitted.

A picture of the applicant is requested with the application (for press release)


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United States Senate Youth Program Texas Delegates

The following students were selected as Texas delegates and alternates to the United States Senate Youth Program by the Texas Commissioner of Education.

Delegates 2012-2013


Delegates:
Pooja M. Patel, Robert E. Lee Senior High School, Midland ISD
John Michael Getz, Lubbock-Cooper High School, Lubbock-Cooper ISD

Alternates: (Attend in the place of a delegate that cannot attend).
Sachin Kumar Gupta, Byron Nelson High School, Northwest ISD
William Wu, Clear Lake High School, Clear Creek ISD

Delegates 2011-2012


Delegates:
Hayden Wesley Greer, Hardin Jefferson High School, Hardin Jefferson ISD
Hailey Stevenson, Leander High School, Leander ISD

Alternates: (Attend in the place of a delegate that cannot attend).
Santiago Garcia, Kempner High School, Fort Bend ISD
Amy Cindy Chyao, Plano East Senior High School, Plano ISD

Delegates 2010-2011


Delegates:
Braydon Kyle Jones, Texas High School, Texarkana ISD
Joyce Jaeyun Kim, Allen High School, Allen ISD

Alternates: (Attend in the place of a delegate that cannot attend).
Lillian Joy Simon, Kingwood Park High School, Humble ISD
Rhonda Carol Hooper, Lindale High School, Lindale ISD

Delegates 2009-2010


Delegates:
William James Ashford Hayes, Denton High School, Denton ISD
Jenny My Le, Clear Lake High School, Clear Creek ISD

Alternates: (Attend in the place of a delegate that cannot attend).
Chandler Elizabeth Nunez, Sinton High School, Sinton ISD
Joyce Jaeyun Kim, Allen High School, Allen ISD

Delegates 2008-2009


Delegates:
Colin Parajon, Keller High School, Keller ISD
Hunter Skoog, Pine Tree High School, Pine Tree ISD

Alternates: (Attend in the place of a delegate that cannot attend).
Ruben Maldonado, Eagle Pass High School, Eagle Pass ISD
Nicole Heath, Coleman High School, Coleman ISD

Delegates 2007-2008


Delegates:
William Joseph Gifford, Kempner High School, Sugar Land ISD
Tara Lakshana Viswanathan, Lubbock High School, Lubbock ISD

Alternates: (Attend in the place of a delegate that cannot attend).
Mark Pavlyukovskyy, Texas Academy of Math and Science, Denton ISD
Casey Blair Manning, Kaufman High School, Kaufman ISD

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Contacts

Texas Association of Student Councils
1833 South IH-35
Austin, Texas 78741
jj@tassp.org

Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
1833 South IH-35
Austin, Texas 78741
beverly@tassp.org

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