Ben Posch Selected for United States Senate Youth Program
Eudora High School student Ben Posch has been selected as one of two students to represent Kansas as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program. Ben will join Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Jerry Moran in representing Kansas in the nation’s capital from March 7-14, 2020.
The USSYP is an intensive week-long educational experience sponsored by the U.S. Senate that nurtures an important reservoir of student talent and energy toward the high purpose of public service. While in Washington, Ben will attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, Congressional staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media.
USSYP was founded in 1962 through Senate Resolution 324 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.
Each year two of the highest-achieving students from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education system overseas are selected through an extremely competitive merit-based selection process held at the state departments of education nationwide. Administered and funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception, the USSYP utilizes no government funds.
Delegates are each awarded a $10,000 college scholarship with certificates often personally presented by their U.S. senators, and are encouraged to continue coursework in history, government, and public affairs.
Ben serves as the state president of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He is president of the Posch Foundation, a nonprofit organization that he founded. He has also been a three-term local FBLA officer, a two-term Science Olympiad officer, a three-term Student Body representative, and has received the gold level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Ben is a part-time student at the University of Kansas, working to complete a triple major in political science, international relations, and finance.