WASHINGTON (Gray DC) – Over 100 students are getting the opportunity of a lifetime. A week-long trip to our nation’s capital to get an idea of what it’s like to work in congress.
It’s a week unlike any other for these high school students.
“Oh my goodness, it’s been an incredible week and I don’t think there’s one work that could really just justify how incredible of an experience this has been,” said Alexis Vannett from Fargo.
This lucky student was selected to join this year’s Senate Youth Program. A 50 year old tradition that brings the highest level officials together with two high school juniors or seniors from across the country who want to pursue careers in public service.
“What this program does is allow you to meet with senators and understand how the process actually works,” Sean Lynch from Omaha, Nebraska said.
The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution in 1962 creating the program. Every year since it has been making memories.
“It ignited a passion for public service and public policy and that’s something I carried back with me from the Senate Youth Program days in 1993 to now,” said Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO).
Senator Gardner was in the program himself. He was a graduate of the class of 1993.
Now he’s a senator of his own and a co-chair of the advisory committee. For Idaho Senator James Risch (R-ID) he said it is a great week not only for the children, but the adults too.
“You come away from these meetings after you meet with these kids and with their parents and you think you know, America is going to be alright,” Risch said.
The week isn’t over yet. The students still have three more days in Washington then they’ll take what they learned back to their hometowns to continue on their way to their own career in public service.
Applications are generally made in late summer and early fall. All state selection contacts and deadlines are listed on the USSYP website: www.ussenateyouth.org. Application deadline dates vary by state.