U.S. Senate Youth Program

Congratulations to Minnesota’s 2020 U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates! 

The Minnesota Department of Education is pleased to announce the two outstanding students chosen to represent Minnesota at the 2020 U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Congratulations to
Lara Pfrimmer, Rochester High School and Yash Anant Mangalick, Edina High School.

Lara serves as the president of the Rochester Public Schools' Student School Board and is a member on the Olmsted County's Community Services Advisory Board. She has worked to increase engagement and participation in student government through thoughtful, planned outreach to underrepresented student groups.

Yash serves on the Edina Planning Commission and was also appointed student senator to the Principal’s Advisory Council, where he helps solve school issues. He is also a cabinet member for the school group Edina Mosaic, which builds bridges and unifies the student body by tackling divisive social issues.


Minnesota’s representatives to the 58th annual leadership education program spend a week in Washington D.C., in March 2020, meeting with the highest level officials from each branch of government. In addition, each student receives a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.


Read more about these outstanding students
as well as the two chosen as alternates:

Ethan Buss, Washburn High School and Zigi Flora Kaiser, Minneapolis South High School.


Program Background
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students. Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing their national government in action.

During Washington Week, students attend briefings and meetings with several senators, the president of the United States, a justice of the Supreme Court, secretaries of the Cabinet, an ambassador to the United States, other federal agency leaders, and senior members of the national media. Each speaking event includes a substantial question-and-answer session, allowing the students direct and personal interaction with the high-level leadership. This in-depth exposure is what fuels and sustains the students’ commitment to making a difference in their country, communities and schools.

In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. The Hearst Foundation provides all transportation, hotel and meal expenses.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) administers this program in Minnesota. Principals nominate students; one student per school will be considered. Interested? Students may check with their high school counselor to learn more about the program.

The 2019-20 program is closed. Watch for more information in August 2020 about the 2021 program year.

For further information, contact:
U.S. Senate Youth Program Coordinator for Minnesota
Email: mde.communications@state.mn.us
Phone: 651-582-8734