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 2015, 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 but with an added bonus: The tour began and ended in Austin, which means students experienced two Capitols..
In Austin, students toured the Texas State Capitol and visited the Bob Bullock Museum. In DC, students visited their congressional representative’s office on Capitol Hill; discussed current events with legislators; and toured The Smithsonian Institution, Washington National Cathedral, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. During the tour, students 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.
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 awarded $15,000 in scholarships to five deserving seniors from CoServ Member households. More details about CoServ’s Academic Initiatives here.