Attention high school juniors: Apply to go on an all expense paid trip to the nation’s capital!
- Tour Dates: Unfortunately, the 2021 tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
- Deadline: The deadline for the 2022 tour will be in March of 2022.
- Guidelines and Application: The guidelines application for the 2022 tour will be added in early 2022.
The Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA). High school students from across the country gather each June for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. as part of the annual NRECA’s Youth Tour. Students are sent to Washington, D.C. for a number of reasons which include educating students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy and exposing them to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage.
Participants tour many nationally significant sites, including Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery, Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Capitol Hill, Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts and more. Students will attend an Ohio Congressional luncheon and have the opportunity to talk with the representatives from their districts. To be eligible, a student must be a high school junior whose parents or guardians are members of South Central Power.
In 2020, Morgan Anderson from Amanda-Clearcreek High School and Erin Thompson from Logan Elm High School were named our 2020 Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour delegates. Unfortunately, the Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., was cancelled due to COVID-19, but Morgan and Erin were invited to participate in a series of virtual events hosted by NRECA.
In 2019, Parker Hamilton from Teays Valley High School and Kyle Hicks from Amanda Clearcreek were delegates. Ty List from Baltimore was the 2018 Youth Tour delegate from South Central Power.
In 2017, Mikayla Hicks, a student from Amanda-Clearcreek High School, represented South Central Power in the Youth Tour. Twins Shannyn and Tyler Carpenter of Zane Trace High School were selected to represent South Central Power on the 2016 Youth Tour.
Our students join representatives from Ohio’s 24 other electric cooperatives as they traveled to the nation’s capital. They also have the opportunity to participate in Youth Day, where 1,800 students from across the country learn about the rich history of electric cooperatives and the importance of being an active participant in government.
For more information, complete our online request form or call Liz Bainter at 1-800-282-5064, ext. 6252.