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Youth Tour

Write a Winning Essay and Win A Trip of a Lifetime, through NRECA Youth Tour!

  • Washington, D.C.
  • June 15-21, 2019
  • Deadline for Youth Tour Applications is January 25, 2019


  • You must be a sophomore or junior in high school enrolled in the fall.
  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by McLean Electric Cooperative.
  • Essay is not to exceed  two standard 8 1/2 x11" typewritten, double spaced pages on a specific topic.

The 2019 Essay Topic: Electric cooperatives are member-owned and controlled.  As a future member-owner of your cooperative, describe ways that smart technologies and social media might be used to communicate with young adults. How might they be used to increase awareness and interest in the many career opportunities with electric cooperatives?

What is the 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.

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!

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. McLean Electric’s selection process takes the form of an essay contest. 

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