What makes electric cooperatives different from other utilities is that giving something back to the community is part of our business plan. Why do electric cooperatives bring high school students to Washington? Because it is important to learn about the political process in order to interact with your government. You will walk away from this week as a better leader and a sense that you can make a difference.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative by submitting an application, then participating in an interview.
The featured speakers during National Youth Day provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen through meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around our nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. Several alums work in Washington.
Over 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this unique program.
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative selects three area high school juniors each year to participate as delegates in the Washington Youth Tour.
Applications will be available in November for next year's trip!! Stay tuned!