WASHINGTON D.C. - US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) met this week with two high school students from New Jersey who were selected as delegates for the 2013 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Simone Klein of Kendell Park, and Roman Papademetriou from the City of Linwood, will be part of the group of 104 student delegates who attend this weeklong program. This year's USSYP is being held from March 9 - 16, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

"I was very pleased to welcome these impressive young New Jerseyans to our nation's capitol," said Senator Menendez. "The Senate Youth Program will provide these students with a remarkable opportunity to visit Washington while learning firsthand our unique system of government. In the meantime, we must continue to ensure that scholarship programs such as the USSYP are accessible for students like Simone and Roman.

About the USSYP:

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception. Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony was "to increase young Americans' understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world."

Each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings 104 of the most outstanding high school students - two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity - to Washington, D.C. for an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The overall mission of the program is to help instill within each class of USSYP student delegates more profound knowledge of the American political process and a lifelong commitment to public service.