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U.S. Senate Youth Program Instructions

Instructions for the 2022 U.S. Senate Youth Program Application and Exam.

To apply for the 2022 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), students must meet these minimum qualifications for eligibility:

  • Show demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a consituency in organizations related to government, education, public affairs, and/or community service.
  • Must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school as a junior or senior, and living in California for the entire 2021–2022 academic year.
  • Must be a legal citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application.

If the above has been met, then the student needs to complete Part A and Part B of the USSYP California Qualifying Application and Exam:

Part A (Application/Nomination Form)
  • Read the instructions and complete Checklist (PDF).
  • Complete the USSYP California Qualifying Application/Nomination Form Part A (PDF).
  • Attain required signature from school principal (or designee).
  • Send unofficial student transcripts with a list of all courses.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.

NOTE: Students should begin working on Part A first while gathering the above list of required signatures and documents.

A completed Part A packet with alll five required documents must be emailed as a single PDF to ussyp@cde.ca.gov using this naming convention: Last Name First Name 2022 USSYP Part A

Part B (Application and Exam)
Additional Notes
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Incomplete submissions may be disqualified.
  • Please do not submit additional materials besides the required elements since they will not be evaluated.
Questions:   USSYP | ussyp@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 3, 2021
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