Each year the cooperative sponsors local students to attend the annual National Electric Co-op Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The students toured Capitol Hill and also visited historical and cultural sites around the nation’s capital, including the African American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Other activities included an evening cruise on the Potomac River and a theatrical performance at the Kennedy Center.
The Washington Youth Tour Essay Contest is open to all high school and home school juniors living within the cooperative’s service territory.
The student who submits the top essay from each local high school will be eligible to attend the Washington Youth Tour in June 2023. Students can select between one of two essay topics:
“Electricity’s Importance to the Eastern Shore”
“What Would Life Be Like Without Access to Electricity.”
Essay entries must be typed and be a minimum of 150 words in length.
Students can apply by by filling out the information below and by copying and pasting the essay submission in field provided.
Youth Tour Qualifications
Current High School or Homeschool Junior
Complete and Submit the Youth Tour Application Form with essay by Dec. 3
Live within the cooperative’s service territory
What is the NRECA Youth Tour?
Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!