Each year, high school juniors can be considered to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour, an educational, fun-filled week in Washington, D.C.
Traveling by bus with other students from Pennsylvania, you will experience history firsthand by visiting monuments, the Smithsonian Museums and by meeting your U.S. Representatives and Senators. You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and make some friendships that may last a lifetime.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. The Monday of Youth Tour week begins with National Youth Day, when more than 1,600 students from rural America gather in the same room. Students learn about the rich history of electric cooperatives and the important role of being an active participant in our democracy. The Youth Day program features speakers who motivate and honor that spirit of electric cooperatives’ commitment to community and the important role of being politically aware and politically active.
Youth Day is also where the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) members are introduced. The YLC is composed of one student per state who are selected by their chaperones and peers. These students come back to Washington, D.C., in July and play an active role in the NRECA Annual Meeting the following spring.
Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program. The first year of the coordinated Tour included approximately 400 young people from 12 states. Word of the program has continued to spread and now, more than 1,500 students and over 250 chaperones participate in the Youth Tour every year.
Keep in mind that the program involves a great deal of walking. Dress is generally casual, but professional dress is expected for a day on Capitol Hill. Adams Electric is a sponsor of this trip and pays all fees for the students who participate.
To be considered, students must be high school juniors and able to complete all requirements and participate in the selection process. If you want to be part of this fun (free!) week in Washington, please complete the form below. You must be a current JUNIOR in high school to apply.
If you have questions, contact Reneé Benner at Adams Electric by calling toll-free 888/232-6732. You may also obtain more information by visiting http://electric.coop/our-organization/youth-programs/. Information about the Youth Tour is also provided to high school guidance counselors throughout Adams Electric's service territory.