Military Officers Guide Students Through Weeklong Senate Youth Program

For Navy Lt. Bradley Lentz, this is the second time he’s spent a week here as part of the U.S. Senate Youth Program. This time, he served as a mentor for the program. The first time, he was a high school participant.

“In 2009, I applied for the program as a student, and I was accepted,” said Lentz, who today is assigned as an ROTC instructor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “It was a phenomenal experience — one of the most exciting experiences of my life. I got to see all branches of federal government, and I was really inspired to a career in public service after that.”

Like Lentz a decade ago, some of the brightest high schoolers from around the country wrapped up a weeklong visit to the nation’s capital today as part of the Senate Youth Program.

Among those students — 104 in all — are two from each state, two from Washington, D.C., and two representing Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Their week in Washington was an opportunity to learn about government, democracy and in particular, the U.S. Senate.

Not a Vacation

During their time here, they didn’t just visit tourist locations — they met with and interacted with the government executives, leaders and elected officials who run the federal government.

Among those on the itinerary were President Donald J. Trump, Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chief…

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