The annual U.S. Senate Youth Program is scheduled from March 7 to 14, 2020, in Washington.
Commissioned officers in pay grades O-2 through O-5 interested in mentoring high school students as part of the program are encouraged to submit nomination packets to Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs by Wednesday.
The program, established in 1962, provides young people a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall, as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state or national level.
The mentor selection process is highly competitive, with 17 slots available across the military. It is on a voluntary basis, and military mentors must be in a leave or permissive temporary duty status during the program. However, meals and lodging accommodations in Washington are provided.