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April 8, 2012
United States Senate Youth Program
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The United States Senate Youth Program was created by Senate Resolution in 1962. This is the 50th year of the program which has had over 5,000 participants. It has been privately funded since its inception by the Hearst Foundations. The participants generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states. In addition, they must show outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service before they apply for the program. Once selected, delegates receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship, and their expenses for the week are underwritten by the Hearst Foundations.

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Info: High school students from the United States Senate Youth Program discuss their participation in a week long government and leadership education program in Washington, DC. 104 students were selected from 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Delegates were given the opportunity to meet and ask questions of President Barack Obama, Chief Justice John Roberts, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Senator Susan Collins, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, to name a few. In a group setting, students discuss their reactions to these government officials, and share some of the insights they gained from their presentations. Topics include the perceived lack of bipartisanship in Washington, definitions of political parties and their positions and the rigorous selection process to become a delegate in the program. The students shared their personal goals for the future along with memorable quotes and impressions from the week

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