Win a Seat on the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour -
2016 Applications Now Available

Jan. 18, 2016

When Zachary Wright, a senior at William Monroe High School in Greene County, applied for the Washington Youth Tour in 2015, he had no idea how much the experience would change his life. In just a few days Zachary was able to meet people and see places he says he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to experience. If you are a high school junior, whose parent or guardian is a member of REC, you could be next. Apply before March 7 to win a seat on the 2016 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.

To participate, students must be a high school junior with a parent or guardian who is a member-owner of REC. Completed applications must contain a sample letter to an elected official. Applications are available through the students’ high school guidance department, at any REC office or online at

Final selection of students to attend the 2016 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour will be made by a committee who will review all students’ applications, essays and supporting documents. Submit completed applications by email to, at one of REC’s offices, or mail postmarked by March 7. Additional information about the Youth Tour program can be found by contacting Brian Wolfe, REC’s public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or

“Many had said the week would be one of the best I would experience, and I have to say, they were right,” said Zachary. “The memories I shared with the amount of great people I met will last a lifetime. Without Youth Tour, I may not have met many of these people.”

The opportunity to join an elite group of students from all across America could be yours. Seven high school juniors will be selected to attend an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 12 to 16. As part of the experience students meet over 1,600 of their peers from around the country and together they tour historical and cultural locations and meet with their congressional representatives.

“To all future students, I am envious of you,” added Zachary. “I wish I could do the Youth Tour all over again! Not only for the fun, but for the people and the interesting knowledge I gained.”

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