What makes electric cooperatives different from other utilities is that "giving something back to the community" is part of their seven cooperative principles. Why do electric cooperatives bring high school seniors to Washington, D.C.? Because it is important to learn about the political process and interact with your government. Participants will walk away from this week as a better leader and a sense that you can make a difference.
The Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Since then, over 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this unique program.
Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting representatives and senators and exploring the nation's capital.
The 2017 Youth Tour will take place June 9-15. To be eligible, you must be a high school sophomore or junior whose parents/guardians reside on North Central Electric Cooperative lines. Any student who qualifies should complete the application form along with a letter of recommendation and grade transcript indicating cumulative credit hours. The selection process consists of reviewing a study booklet and completing a short test about electric cooperatives and North Central Electric.
To learn more about the trip contact the member services department by e-mail or by calling 1-800-426-3072 / 419-426-3072.
Application deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. 2017