About the Youth Tour

Tens of thousands of lives have been changed through the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C.!

Two Youth Tour & YLC alums teach a course on rural advocacy to a group of Youth Tour delegates. We feature the leadership and creativity of our program alums largely because they inspire so many participants to think, “I want to be like them!”

This is more than a sight-seeing trip (although participants will see a lot of amazing D.C. sights!) There is a strong educational component that teaches the importance of being an active participant in our democracy.

One of the most impactful highlights of the Youth Tour experience is meeting and talking with the elected representatives in the House and the Senate.

Delegates are encouraged to come prepared with questions or topics to discuss in their meetings. Understanding that even though they may not be old enough to vote, their Representatives want to engage with them is an empowering realization for these high schoolers!

Florida Youth Tour & YLC Delegate E.C. meeting Congressional Representatives Neal Dunn & Al Lawson for the first time.
After this meeting, E.C. asked Congressman Lawson for a recommendation to West Point – which was given to him … and now he’s a cadet!

I’ve gotten to take students on their first plane ride; I’ve helped find the names of relatives listed on the Vietnam Wall so delegates can take rubbings back home to their family … We tour the Holocaust Memorial Museum each year and we all experience emotions and see realities that could never be truly taught in school. AND I’ve gotten to watch amazing young leaders ask their Congressional Representatives questions and get face-to-face feedback. I assure you – It is as life changing for us as staff as it is for the students!

Alisia | Florida Youth Tour Director

Students are selected for this program by their local electric cooperatives. Discover how to apply in your state!