The Texas selection deadline is Oct. 15. Names of students selected will be formally announced mid-December. Interested Texas students should contact their high school principal or the state-level selection administrator: Mrs. Sara Grunberger, Program Manager, Federal and State Education Policy, 1701 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701-1494; phone (512) 463-8254; Sara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 as stated in supporting Senate testimony from that year, “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationship of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”
Each year, the U.S. Senate Youth Program brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington to experience an intensive week-long educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall.
The student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington. They will meet with senators, cabinet officers, government leaders and other policy-makers.
The delegate selection is administered by each state’s chief school officer in cooperation with high school principals. Delegates must be juniors or seniors and elected student officers for the 2013-2014 academic year, and they must reside in the state where they attend school. Eligibility considerations may also be made for student representatives elected or selected (by a panel, commission or board) to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organizations.
Each student must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state (including for these purposes the District of Columbia) in which either one of his or her parents or guardians legally resides. Exceptions to the residency rule are made for the Department of Defense Education Activity and for states with schools under Interstate Compacts.
The 2014 program brochure with detailed rules, selection process and the annual yearbook may be accessed on the USSYP website, www.ussenateyouth.org.