National Rural Electric Youth Tour

National Rural Electric Youth Tour

Students who have participated in the Michigan Rural Electric Youth programs, including the National Rural Electric Youth Tour, have really enjoyed the educational and entertaining experiences they’ve shared with teenagers from all over Michigan and the nation. Read more about the program below, and find out how you can get involved.

National Rural Electric Youth TourNational Rural Electric Youth Tour
Washington, DC; June 9-14, 2018

National Rural Electric Youth Tour brings together hundreds of students from the 46 states that have electric cooperatives. You'll tour the nation’s most famous monuments and historic sites, such as Ford’s Theater, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum, and Mount Vernon. Students who go on Youth Tour spend a day at the U.S. Capitol, meeting Michigan’s representatives and senators.

There are occasionally surprises, depending on schedules; several years ago, for instance, our visit coincided with the Detroit Pistons’ visit to the White House after they won the NBA championship, and our group was invited to a Congressional reception in honor of the team. Another year, the group was outside Ford’s Theater when celebrities and former President Bush arrived to tape a gala event for television.

We can’t guarantee these kinds of unique events, but the week is packed with memorable moments.

How to Get Involved

HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative selects participants based on your online application. You are eligible if you are a 10th or 11th grade student at one of the following schools:

Beal City
Big Rapids
Grand Ledge
Portland St. Patrick
Carson City - Crystal
Central Montcalm
St. Johns
Chippewa Hills
Maple Valley
Any other public,
private or home
school in our
service area
Eaton Rapids

Participation in Youth Tour will be at HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s expense, including travel, accommodations, meals, and all but personal expenses. (Depending on flight schedules and other considerations, we may ask your parents to provide transportation from your home to a HomeWorks Tri-County office.) Chaperones will be provided at all times the teens are away from home.

Learn more, and apply at the Cooperative Youth Tour site.

 Program Resources

Visit these websites for more information:

About electric cooperatives:
NRECA: Coop 101
NRECA: History of Rural Electric Cooperatives
International Cooperative Alliance: The Seven Cooperative Principles

About Michigan Youth Leadership Summit:
Cooperative Youth Tour website
On Facebook

About National Rural Electric Youth Tour:
On Facebook
NRECA Youth Programs
NRECA About the Youth Tour
NRECA Youth Tour Planning Guide



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