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Youth Tour

Youth TourWhat is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, 1,700 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

To apply, contact a participating electric cooperative:

Black Hills Electric Cooperative, Custer (Feb. 16) Kingsbury Electric Cooperative, De Smet (Feb. 15)
Bon Homme Yankton Electric Association, Tabor Lacreek Electric Association, Martin (March 2)
Butte Electric Cooperative, Newell (March 15) Lake Region Electric Association, Webster (March 15)
Central Electric Cooperative, Mitchell (March 1) Moreau-Grand Electric Cooperative, Timber Lake (March 16)
Charles Mix Electric Association, Lake Andes (March) Northern Electric Cooperative, Bath
Cherry-Todd Electric Cooperative, Mission (March 15) Oahe Electric Cooperative, Blunt (Feb. 16)
Clay-Union Electric Corporation, Vermillion (March) Sioux Valley Energy, Colman
Codington-Clark Electric Cooperative Watertown (March 15) Southeastern Electric Cooperative, Marion (March 16)
Dakota Energy Cooperative, Huron (March 16) Traverse Electric Cooperative, Wheaton, Minn. (March 15)
Douglas Electric Cooperative, Armour (March 2019) Union County Electric Cooperative, Elk Point (March 15)
FEM Electric Association, Ipswich (March 9) West Central Electric Cooperative, Murdo (Feb. 16)
Grand Electric Cooperative, Bison (March 29) West River Electric Association, Wall (Feb. 20)
H-D Electric Cooperative, Clear Lake (March 16) Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative, Milbank (Feb. 19)


Alumni of the Youth Tour program are eligible for a $10,000 national scholarship through the Glenn English Foundation.

Check out the history of this program here: