What is Youth Tour?
Every June, Arizona cooperatives help send local high school students to spend a week in the nation’s capital. The program, part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, engages as many as 1,600 high school students across the country representing 640 of America’s Electric Cooperatives. Last year, Arizona was represented by 40 local students.
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. For one week, students experience leadership training, one-on-one conversations with elected officials, tours of Washington, D.C. and connection to a national peer network.
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.
Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative coordinates Youth Tour to our nation’s capital for the utilities in Arizona and California that participate in the program.
2019 Youth Tour
In 2019, Youth Tour will be from June 13 – 20, with the kickoff orientation to be held in Phoenix, Thursday, June 13, and the return trip from Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 20.