New Jersey Department of Education

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New Jersey Student Learning Standards

Social Studies

U.S. Senate Youth Program

Eligibility Requirements 

The candidate must be:

  • A legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application;
  • A resident of New Jersey throughout the 2021-2022 academic year;
  • Currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in a public or nonpublic high school in New Jersey through Spring 2022; and
  • Currently serving (throughout the entire 2021-2022 academic year) in an elected or appointed capacity in a student government, civic or educational organization, such as:
    • Student body president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer;
    • Class president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer;
    • Student council representative, or;
    • Student representative to an elected or appointed district, regional, or state-level civic or educational organization (e.g., elected officer of National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact, appointed student representative to Board of Education).
  • Able to attend the entire 2022 in-person or online Washington Week (March 5-12, 2022); and
  • Willing to sign a Code of Conduct to participate in Washington Week.

(Please note that students selected as delegates to the program in past years are not eligible to participate in this year's program.)

Criteria for Selection

The Hearst Foundations seek candidates that show:

  • Outstanding leadership ability;
  • High scholastic standing;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Interest in America's political processes; and
  • Strong commitment to community involvement, civic engagement and public service.