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Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington DC, Students in front of the Capitol BuildingWhat 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 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.

While on the trip, students will participate in events such as:

  • Participating in Youth Day and learning about cooperatives.
  • Laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Visiting Capitol Hill and meeting with our senator and congressmen.
  • Visiting the sites and museums of Washington, D.C.
  • Taking a boat trip down the Potomac.
  • Attending a show at the Kennedy Center or a game at National Park.
  • Attending the All States Dance.

North Carolina students also establish a Soda Pop Co-op to provide a supply of affordable drinks while in Washington, D.C. Each student pays a small amount to become a member. At the end of the trip, the cooperative is dissolved and each student is refunded their membership fee and capital credits.

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!

Questions? Contact Laura Ertle,


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