What is the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?
Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the 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.
Youth Tour offers students going into their senior year of high school the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. for a week and experience all the beauty and history of the nation's capital. Youth Tour participants will have the opportunity to see the U.S. Capitol, meet with congressional representatives from their state, tour national monuments and memorials, and visit the National Zoo as well as the Smithsonian museums. While on the tour, the students will attend an All States Dinner Dance where they will have the chance to meet others from around the country. Best of all, Youth Tour is brought to these young people FREE OF COST!
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!
2018 Youth Tour Highlights from Valley Rural Electric Cooperative on Vimeo.
Video courtesy of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, which is responsible for the content.
For more information about this exciting and informative opportunity, download the Valley REC Youth Tour Brochure (PDF, 1.1 MB) and visit the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour website.
Valley REC will not participate in 2023 Youth Tour
The Valley Rural Electric Cooperative board of directors made the difficult decision not to participate in the 2023 Youth Tour event due to the uncertainty and planning complications related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the co-op is again offering Youth Tour scholarships of up to $500 to recognize some of the outstanding high school juniors attending public, private, charter, or home school programs across our eight-county service territory.
How to Apply for Youth Tour Scholarship
A copy of the Youth Tour scholarship application is available below.
Youth Tour Scholarship Application (PDF, 224 KB)
Applications can be e-mailed to email@example.com (include Youth Tour in the subject line), dropped off at one of our offices, or mailed to the following address.
Member Services Department
Valley Rural Electric Cooperative
PO Box 477
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Application Deadline - April 7, 2023
All applications are due back to the cooperative by April 7, 2023. The selection committee will review the applications and conduct interviews. Successful applicants will receive their check in mid-June.