Youth Tour & Youth Summit
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.
We also offer an opportunity to participate in a three day event in the state's capital city called the Cooperative Youth Summit. Students will enhance their leadership skills, learn about electric cooperatives and the co-op business model, learn how the state government works, and enjoy fun activities as well. Approximately 60 students will participate in this local experience.
Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative selects three area high school juniors each year from Lexington Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5; Saluda County Schools; and private schools within those districts. The trips are also made available to any in-state student whose primary residence receives electricity from Mid-Carolina Electric. Washington Youth Tour will take place June 15-20, and the Cooperative Youth Summit July 9-12.