last modified: January 27, 2020 at 2:19:36 PM
Iowa's locally owned electric cooperatives have been sending high school students to Washington D.C. every June since 1958! Each year, ECI REC sponsors two high school juniors on this expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Approximately 40 high school students are chosen by local electric cooperatives from across the state of Iowa, joining another 1,500+ students from across the U.S. Students visit historical sites, meet congressional leaders, spend a day on Capitol Hill, cruise down the Potomac River, and learn about American history and government.
Some of the things students will see on Youth Tour are the: Washington Monument, World War II Memorial; Albert Einstein Memorial; Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; The National Mall; Holocaust Memorial; Madame Tussauds Wax Museum; Ford's Theater; Korean War Veterans Memorial; Lincoln Memorial; Washington National Cathedral; Iwo Jima Sunset Parade; White House; Newseum, just to name a few!
10 Reasons to Apply for Youth Tour, by Jacob Holck, a North West REC 2016 Youth Tour Participant.
- 2020 Youth Tour Application/Parent Permission Form* (document #CS-0032)
- 2020 Youth Tour Essay Questions* (document #CS-0031) *NOTE: To help ensure a successful email submission, it may be best to save the PDF document to your computer, complete the form, SAVE and/or SAVE AS (another file name), and attached the completed-saved PDF to the email address the form indicates. To view and/or to complete PDF forms you may need to download one of the following FREE PDF readers: Foxit or Adobe Reader.
Youth Leadership Council
Youth Tour winners may also apply to serve on NRECA's Youth Leadership Council and represent the state of Iowa in this capacity. Check out 2017's Facebook video!
In 2010 one of ECI REC's Youth Tour winners represented Iowa, serving on the council for the 2010-2011 period.
Scholarship Program for Youth Tour Alums
Youth Tour alumni who’ve completed their first year of college or received the equivalent credits can now apply for the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation scholarship. More than 5,000 former youth tour participants dating back to 2009 are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
Applications will be accepted from January through March. As part of the application, students must include a link to a video testimonial explaining how they have demonstrated one of the seven cooperative principles. The application can be found on the Youth Tour Portal of America's Electric Cooperatives at electric.coop.