Since 1964, more than 50,000 teenagers have visited Washington, DC, for one week every summer as part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The all-expenses-paid trip is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and it is designed to expose students to their government in action. In 2014—the Youth Tour's 50th year—more than 1,500 high school juniors and seniors from about 900 electric cooperatives in the U.S. participated, including two from CoServ Electric Member households.
In 2015, CoServ is again sending two North Texas high school students an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, but with an added bonus: The tour will begin and end in Austin, which means students will experience two Capitols.
In Austin, students will tour the Texas State Capitol and visit the Bob Bullock Museum. In DC, students will visit their congressional representative’s office on Capitol Hill; discuss current events with legislators; and tour The Smithsonian Institution, Washington National Cathedral, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, which includes a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Students also will learn more about the electric cooperative business model and the crucial role that political representation plays, and gain a greater understanding of what differentiates America from other countries.
The application window has closed for the 2015 Youth Tour of Washington DC and Austin, but check back in September for applications to the 2016 trip of a lifetime.In the meantime, visit the Youth Tour website for more information about the tour and/or contact program coordinator Jennifer Ebert.
In addition to sending two area teens to the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Austin and Washington, DC, CoServ also will award $15,000 in scholarships to five deserving seniors from CoServ Member households. More details about CoServ’s Academic Initiatives here.