What is Youth Tour
Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. The goal of Youth Tour is to foster students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; educate students about the role of electric cooperatives in the national economy; expand their understanding of cooperatives as a business model; introduce students to the cooperative principles and understanding the value of rural electrification; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; build students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities; and reward students for academic achievement and community leadership.
At White River Valley Electric Cooperative (WRVEC), we believe the youth are the future. Impacting the lives of today's youth is extremely important to the cooperative community. The mission of Youth Tour, sponsored by local electric cooperatives across the United States, is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders. Rather, today's teenagers also need an opportunity to experience government first-hand by visiting the nation's capital, meeting their Representatives and Senators, and engaging in interactive workshops and discussion.
By educating our high school students and enhancing their self-worth, WRVEC hopes to promote and inspire responsible and informed participation in the democratic process - in essence, ensuring a stronger future for everyone.