Youth Tour

Electric Cooperative Youth tour participants. Text: Washington Youth Tour

What is Youth Tour?

Youth Tour Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative AssociationEvery 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.
Working with the Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, 622 students from Arizona and California have participated in the Washington Youth Tour since 2000.
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.

Youth Leadership Council

Download the application HERE.

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.

The purpose of the YLC conference is to build leadership and public speaking skills, and to enhance the delegates’ knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business. These students will also make presentations at their statewide and local cooperative annual meetings.

Each student will prepare a 5-7 minute speech about what inspired them during their Youth Tour trip. Also, the YLC National Spokesperson will be selected to address the membership at the NRECA Annual Meeting and to address the Youth Tour delegates the following year.

Members of the YLC play an important role during NRECA’s Annual Meeting the following spring. Not only are the YLC members recognized on stage, they have a hands-on experience with virtually every facet of the meeting including the resolutions process and helping our members communicate with their legislators.

Youth Leadership Council members leave more poised, confident and a better developed leader with a strong determination to improve your community and make their country a better place. Further, they leave having built life-long friendships with other student leaders from across the country.

Download the application HERE.