Students who will be high school juniors during the 2019 – 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:
- Complete the 2020 Youth Tour Application. (download the application)
- Email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 3, 2020.
- Questions: Contact Brian Wolfe, REC’s senior public relations specialist, at email@example.com or 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914.
“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 Joseph Flynne of William Monroe High School. “We went to so many great places, met so many people and I know I’ve made some lifelong friends.”
The 2019 REC Youth Tour Delegates were:
- Kaylan Campbell – Madison County High School – Madison County
- Jose Martinez – Culpeper County High School – Culpeper County
- Nick Coates – Madison County High School – Madison County
- Joseph Flynn – William Monroe High School – Greene County
- Tommy Garloch – Fredericksburg Christian High School – Spotsylvania County
- Cindy Gonzalez – William Monroe High School – Greene County
- Nick Goudeau – Culpeper County High School – Culpeper County
- Jerry Morris – William Monroe High School – Greene County
- Kevin Wang – William Monroe High School – Greene County
- Henry Wood – Rappahannock County High School – Rappahannock 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 www.youthtour.coop.