The Youth Tour Experience!
- Win a FREE trip to Washington, D.C.
- Meet 1,500 student leaders from across the country.
- Talk with your representative and senators.
- Make lifetime friendships.
Over 1,500 students from all across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year, and so can you! Travel to Washington, D.C., where you will meet your United States Representative and Senators. This unique trip will give you the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state. You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders on Youth Day. Bottom line, you will make friendships that will last a lifetime and be part of a group that has over 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs.
How do I become part of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) during Youth Tour?
- “YLC inspired me to try to get out of my comfort zone and dream big.”
- “Being on the YLC assured me that I'm not the only nerdy, ambitious person out there.”
- “YLC has shown me the world is larger than my little town.”
- “I learned that anyone can change the world. I will never flip a light switch the same way again.”
Each state's delegation chooses a student representative for NRECA's Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The YLC is introduced on stage as part of the Youth Day program. YLC members come back to Washington, D.C. in July for a leadership workshop that will focus on the electric cooperative industry. YLC members will also be part of NRECA's Annual Meeting the following spring. Become a member of the YLC and you will be more poised, confident, and a better developed leader with a strong determination to improve your community and make our country a better place!
What are electric co-ops and why do they sponsor Youth Tour and the YLC?
- Meeting the needs of their communities as independent utilities, owned by the members they serve.
- Giving back to their communities is a core principle of cooperatives.
- Experiencing our democratic principles up close strengthens community leaders.
- Building the next generation for our communities through youth leadership programs.
Rural electric cooperatives were created in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the Rural Electrification Administration. Thanks to the Rural Electrification Act, those brave farmers and ranchers took it upon themselves to create their own member-owned utilities called cooperatives. This can-do spirit combined with the mission of giving back to the community is why electric cooperatives sponsor high school juniors and seniors on a weeklong, expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Every electric cooperative has a different Youth Tour selection process. To find out how to be part of Youth Tour, contact your local cooperative.