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Harrison High School Senior Selected For US Senate Youth Program

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Harrison, New York – A student at Harrison High School with an impressive list of accomplishments is planning a virtual trip to the nation’s capital after being chosen to represent New York in the highly competitive US Senate Youth Program.

Jack Kelly will join Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the annual Washington Week events of the Senate Youth Program (USSYP) next month.

Kelly is a student at Harrison High School, and vice president of Westchester County Youth Council. He also served as National Director of Youth Advancement for Biden’s presidential campaign and is currently a senior advisor to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee where he supports Mandela Barnes’ campaign in the US Senate. As an activist passionate about gun violence prevention, he is the organizing director of the March of Our Lives magazine in New York and the contributing author of a published textbook on the topic of gun violence prevention.

Kelly’s other listed accomplishments include giving interviews to CNN, Politico, and The Journal News on the topic of his political activism. He was a guest speaker at New York University on community organizing and won “Top Delegates Awards” from model conferences at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia.

Washington Week will take place from March 6 through March 9. Kelly and other state youth representative Henry Reichmann of Delmar have been selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104th national student delegation who will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship. University study.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 program will be held online, with a highly interactive and comprehensive virtual education and leadership forum, according to the organizers.

The USSYP was established by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been Senate sponsored and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations from the start. Originally proposed by Senators Cotchill, Mansfield, Dirkson, and Humphrey, Leadership in today’s Senate, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony was to “increase American youth’s understanding of the interrelationships between the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of elected and federally appointed officials, and emphasizing the vital importance of democratic decision-making not only to America but to people around the world, according to the organizers.

Mr. Kelly goes to Washington, though practical. (Jack Kelly)

Each year, this highly competitive merit-based program provides the most outstanding high school students—two from each state, the District of Columbia and a Department of Defense education activity—with intensive week-long study for the federal government and the people who lead he-she.

The overall mission of the program is to help inculcate a more profound knowledge within each class of USSYP student delegates of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service. In addition to the program week, The Hearst Foundations offers each student a college scholarship of $10,000 with encouragement to pursue coursework in government, history, and public affairs. All Washington Week expenses are also provided by The Hearst Foundations; As stipulated in SAR 324, no government funds were used.



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