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It all started with a week in Washington DC. The 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program delegates met in the nation’s capital in 2016, comprised of 104 students from around the country.

We had the opportunity to meet with various senators, government officials, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, and even President Obama. But the truly lasting impact was the interaction among the delegates, who learned about each other’s varying viewpoints and backgrounds. Despite our many differences, everyone had a common desire to serve their community.

Now we want to pass on that shared desire to others. That’s where the idea of Civic Duty came from. We want to spread the genuine desire to serve by educating and engaging with students around the country. Through innovative service initiatives at both the national and local levels, we hope to accomplish our common goal of inspiring students to give back to their communities and to become active participants in the political process.

– United States Senate Youth Program, Class of 2016