Our Annual Youth Tour is an extraordinary experience for students of academic achievement to visit Washington, D.C. The program is open to high school juniors and cultivates their understanding of how government and related organizations impact their lives. They will meet the leaders of today, our current representatives and senators, in order to learn to become the leaders of tomorrow.
The goals of Youth Tour are all-encompassing, but a few of the most important are:
- To foster student’s appreciation for the democratic form of government.
- To educate students about the important role of electric cooperatives in the nation’s economy.
- To expand the student’s understanding and appreciation of electric cooperative’s as a business model.
- To understand the importance of rural electricity.
- To build student leadership skills.
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.