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(link is external). 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.

The “Youth to Washington” tour gives a few lucky students the chance to get out of their houses and see the White House. Even if they don’t bump into the President, they’ll still have a chance to chat with other key members of Congress. Students will spend the week of June 16-23, 2023 visiting historically significant national sites, touring some of our most moving memorials, and browsing the campus of our nation’s capital. During their time in D.C., they will ride a river boat down the Potomac, tour the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and visit the Supreme Court. And those are just a few of the things we have planned.

Participating in the "Youth to Washington" 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!

Two high school students representing Shelby Electric Cooperative on "Youth Day" will be selected to take part in this all expense paid trip known as the "Youth To Washington" tour. "Youth Day" is usually held in April while the "Youth to Washington" tour is held in June. For more information about either of these trips, talk to your high school guidance counselor or call the cooperative 1-800-677-2612.