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The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students. Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies. Delegates also participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses are provided by the Hearst Foundations.

The 52nd Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C.
March 8-15, 2014

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students are permanent residents of the U.S., and one of their parents or guardians is a legal resident of Maine.
  2. Students are juniors or seniors in a Maine school.
  3. Students must have been elected or appointed to one of the following posts for the 2013-14 school year:
    • Member or officer of student council, student senate or equivalent student government organization
    • Class officer – president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
    • Student representative on a district-, regional- or state-level civic and/or educational organization

Application process:

  • Aug. 30, 2013: Informational packets and specific instructions mailed to high school principals and headmasters. Students should contact their administrator to make arrangements to take the qualifying test. The test is designed to assess student understanding of U.S. government, the U.S. Constitution and current political events.
  • Oct. 15, 2013: Deadline for principals and headmasters to submit the names and test results of the top two candidates to Kristie Littlefield, USSYP Coordinator.
  • Oct. 30, 2013: The top 10 candidates from the statewide pool of applicants will be notified.
  • November 2013: The 10 finalists will convene in Augusta for interviews with a selection committee.
  • December 2013: The two finalists and two alternates will be announced.

Senators Collins and King with Maine's 2013 US Youth Senate delegates.

Senators Susan Collins (1971 USSYP delegate) and Angus King pose with Maine’s 2013 USSYP delegates,
Thomas Poblador (left, Noble High School) and Jackson Beck (South Portland High School).