Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

  • Every June, as many as 1,800 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. Since COVID, it has looked a little different – but the mission is still the same!

Participating in Youth Tour

  • Participating in the Youth Tour is an amazing 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!

Youth Leadership Council

  • During Youth Tour, you can have the chance to be selected to represent your state on the NRECA Youth Leadership Council (YLC). One student from each state is selected and they will come back to Washington, D.C., in July for a leadership workshop which will focus on the electric cooperative industry.
  • Learn more about YLC.

Rules & Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a current high school sophomore or junior
  • Must be interested in Government, History, Political Science or similar
  • The selection of the finalists will be based on the application, letter of recommendation, and essay.
  • Winners must be able to attend the Washington Youth Tour if selected


Youth Programs Application