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Youth Tour-Washington, D.C.

What is the Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

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Every June, nearly 1,700 high school students from across the country spend a week in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.  The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives - co-ops 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!

Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government. They attend educational seminars and visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate. They see historical sights in and around Washington-the U.S. Capitol, the monuments, the Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon and countless other places and they learn more about the cooperative business model.

The Rural Electric Youth Tour started in 1957.

APPLICATION FOR YOUTH TOUR (Will be available in December )

The  application deadline for the 2018 Youth Tour is March 1, 2018.  Tour dates for 2018 are yet to be determined.

Students applying for the tour should be a high school junior (will be a senior in the fall of 2018) whose parent or guardian is a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperative.

2017 Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour group in Washington, DC    2017 Minnesota Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group  2017 MInnesota Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group  Image from 2017 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth TOur

 

The application process is easy!  Interested high school juniors (will be a senior in the fall of 2018) whose parent or guardian is a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperartive should complete an application for the Rural Electric Youth Tour, attach a 500-word essay (from list of topics on application), include a photograph and two letters of recommendation from a teacher, group or community leader.

 

2016 Minnesota Rural Electric Youth Tour Group    2016 Minnesota Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group

This co-op sponsored educational event is valued at $2,050 (includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation and tours).

Check out this video from the 2017 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour!

 

 

For additional information about the Youth Tour, visit www.youthtour.coop or www.mrea.org/youth-tour/.

 

Online Resources (not limited to):

www.mrea.org/youth-tour/ (link is external) (Minnesota Rural Electric Association)

http://youthtour.coop (link is external) (Electric Cooperative Youth Tour)

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