Kimberly Johnson, a Central High School senior, was selected to be the Carroll County Schools representative for the 2017 United States Senate Youth Program. Kimberly was one of over a hundred students that were selected for a week-long government and leadership education program in the nation’s capital and a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.
The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution in 1962 creating the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. The USSYP brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high school students — two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) — during an intensive educational program week held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. Now in its fifty-fifth year, the program has been fully funded since inception by The Hearst Foundations as an enduring commitment to preparing young people for citizenship and leadership in our participatory democracy. More than 5,500 strong, USSYP alumni serve the country in many ways.