Youth Tour

The application period for the 2019 Youth Tour program has now closed. The 2019 participants will be announced soon.

Students who will be high school juniors during the 2109 – 2020 school year and whose parents or guardians are consumer-owners of REC are eligible for the 2020 REC sponsored trip. 2020 Youth applications are now available! APPLY HERE.

Each year, eight students from REC’s service territory travel to Washington, D.C., to explore key issues in the electric industry, study the cooperative business model, interact with students in team- and leadership-building programs, tour historical and cultural sites, meet their members of Congress and attend a show at the Kennedy Center. They also make lifelong friends. More than 1,800 students from across the country will participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative 2019 Youth Tour, and applications are now available!

Students must do the following to be considered:

“It’s so great our cooperative wants to invest in us and really teach us to learn about our community, this country and also what cooperatives do in our community and why they are here to help us,” said Jeremy Petrie of Sherando High School. “We went to so many great places, met so many people and I know I’ve made some lifelong friends.”

The 2018 REC Youth Tour Delegates were:

  • Natalie Heiser – Culpeper County High School – Culpeper County
  • Nada Ismael – Liberty High School – Fauquier County
  • Jeremy Petrie – Sherando High School – Frederick County
  • Nathan Richardson – Massaponax High School – Spotsylvania County
  • Abigail Varricchio – Millbrook High School – Frederick County
  • Ainslie Whitmarsh – William Monroe High School – Greene County
  • Karrington Wilson – Patrick Henry High School – Hanover County
  • Kennedi Wilson – Patrick Henry High School – Hanover County

How Youth Tour Started: Youth Tour was inspired by Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson when he addressed the NRECA Annual Meeting in 1957. The senator and future president declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents."  Additional Youth Tour information can be seen by visiting

Youth Tour Photo    

For Additional Information Contact:

Brian Wolfe, REC's public relations specialist
1- 800-552-3904, ext. 5914

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