What is the Government-in-Action 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 National Rural 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.
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!
Each year, Union County Electric Cooperative sponsors one sophomore or junior student for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Washington Rural Electric Youth Tour. The tour provides an opportunity for our young people to learn about the Washington, D.C. area, U.S. government, the cooperative philosophy and rural electrification. The winner is determined by an essay contest. Union County Electric selects the topic and students are invited to participate by submitting a 750 word essay on that topic. It has proven to be a great program during its nearly 20-year history. The tour is normally held during the month of June.