What is the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?
Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Youth Tour offers students going into their senior year of high school the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. for a week and experience all the beauty and history of the nation's capital. Youth Tour participants will have the opportunity to see the U.S. Capitol, meet with congressional representatives from their state, tour national monuments and memorials, and visit the National Zoo as well as the Smithsonian museums. While on the tour, the students will attend an All States Dinner Dance where they will have the chance to meet others from around the country. Best of all, Youth Tour is brought to these young people FREE OF COST!
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!
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How to Apply
A copy of the Youth Tour application is available below.
Youth Tour Interview Application (PDF, 64 KB)
Attn: Youth Tour
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative
PO Box 477
Huntingdon, PA 16652
2021 Youth Tour Canceled
With the health and safety of all participants in mind, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the statewide organizations of electric cooperatives, including the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Youth Tour event due to the uncertainty and planning complications related to the ongoing pandemic.