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Youth Tour - Washington, D.C. Trip

What makes electric cooperatives different from other utilities is that “giving something back to the community” is part of their business plan. Why do electric cooperatives bring high school students to Washington? Because it is important to learn about the political process to interact with your government. The student who wins this trip will walk away from this week as a better leader and a sense that they can make a difference. The Rural Electric Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative.

The featured speakers during National Youth Day provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Students gain a personal under-standing of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representative and senators and explore the sights around the nation’s capitol. 

During the trip, you’ll see tons of sites, meet teens from across the country and gain perspective on community and cooperatives.