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Youth Tour

The experience of a lifetime!

How will the cooperative power your future?

Youth Tour is back in 2021! WRVEC will be awarding three high school juniors a revamped Youth Tour experience – plus a $1,500 scholarship!

What’s the experience? Homebase of the three-day conference will be held at the White River Valley Electric Cooperative community room. With ample space to social distance, winners will be privy to leadership development courses, virtual gatherings with state representatives, and more. On the second day of the conference, students will be driven (or have the option to drive separately) to our district location to meet other area Youth Tour recipients and compete for additional prizes.

To be eligible, you must (1) be a high school junior and attend a high school in WRVEC’s five-county service territory or (2) be home-schooled within WRVEC’s five-county service territory, between 16-17 years of age, and at a junior level equivalent. Your family does not need to be a member of the Cooperative. For consideration, participants will answer the following question: How will the Cooperative power your future?

Participants can choose to either write an essay or make a short film. Essays must be between 500-1,000 words and videos must be between 3-5 minutes. Entries will be judged on the basis of knowledge, independent thought, composition, grammar and professionalism. Judges will score all projects, and award the Youth Tour experience to the three students with the highest scores.

Applications for 2021 have closed. Applications are accepted and reviewed in January & February.




The Youth Tour program is deeply rooted in history, starting in 1957 when Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) at Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Senator declared, “If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

Since then, the Annual Youth tour program has grown into a hallmark event for the communities co-ops serve across the country.

2021 Youth Tour Winners

Congratulations to the chosen 2021 representatives:

  • Brooklyn Schultz, Hollister High School
  • Zoie Sims, Bradleyville High School
  • Dallin Attwooll, Nixa High School
  • Runners Up: Ryan Bumgarner, Sparta High School; Makayla Elliot, Ava High School; and Kamber Hawkins Branson, High School.