Attention high school juniors: Apply to go on an all expense paid trip to the nation’s capital!
- Tour Dates: June 18 – 24, 2022
- Deadline: The deadline for the 2022 tour was March 1, 2022.
- Guidelines and Application: The guidelines and application for the 2023 tour will be posted in early 2023.
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.
Participants tour many nationally significant sites, including possible stops such as Arlington National Cemetery, Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Kennedy Center and more. They also have the opportunity to talk with their congressional leaders at the U.S. Capitol. To be eligible, a student must be a high school junior whose parents or guardians are members of South Central Power.
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.
** NOTE: Youth Tour 2022 is subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association are continually monitoring state and federal guidance and will adjust plans accordingly if needed. This year’s program is being coordinated with the healthy and safety of delegates, chaperones, and their families foremost in mind.
In 2022, three children of South Central Power Company members participated in the Washington Youth Tour, a life-changing trip that brings more than a thousand high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C., from all across America. Paige Arbaugh of Jewett, Grace O’Grady of Pickerington, and Josie Speakman of Stoutsville joined 38 other students from across Ohio for the weeklong trip.
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.