Lincoln North Star High School’s Zein Saleh is one of 104 student delegates from across the country selected for the 60th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program Week, which will take place virtually in Washington DC from March 5-10.
During Washington Week, student delegates virtually attend meetings and briefings with Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the President, a judge of the Court Supreme, heads of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media.
The USSYP was established by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by the Hearst Foundations since its inception. The program is designed to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships among the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision-making, not only for America but for people around the world.
The overall mission of the program is to help increase knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, the Hearst Foundation offers each student an undergraduate college scholarship of $ 10,000.