Washington Youth Tour

This is what we hear from students:

“I saw Washington, D.C. like never before!”

“I had the time of my life!”

”It was fun and a learning experience, too!”

“I made the greatest friends and it was an experience I will never forget.”

“The things I learned will change my life!”

Imagine a chance to visit our nation’s capital for one week, meet with more than 1,500 students from across the United States and visit with Georgia’s senators and congressional representatives.

The best part? The trip won’t cost you a penny. Georgia’s electric cooperatives share a strong commitment to their communities and the member-owners they serve.

Sponsoring students for this exciting, educational trip is just one of the ways we invest in our youth. The weeklong Washington, D.C., Youth Tour is jam-packed with sightseeing where history comes to life. While touring, students will visit many of the major monuments and memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. Students will also visit Capitol Hill where they will meet with Georgia’s senators and congressmen. Many past participants were so inspired by this experience that they later served as interns on the Hill, and many pursued a career in politics.

But Youth Tour is so much more than sightseeing. Students spend every waking minute together for a solid week and it’s not uncommon for lasting friendships to form. In fact, many of Georgia’s past participants ended up being college roommates, professional colleagues and lifelong friends. Youth Tour inspires many students to discover who they want to be. In addition to Georgia, 43 additional states also send students to D.C. for the Youth Tour. “Youth Day is really something to see,” said Karen Bailey, NRECA’s senior youth program coordinator. “Every year, we see a new group of students, but one thing is constant: the energy. These students are excited to be a part of this tour and it shows.”

Each high school in Mitchell EMC’s service area has an opportunity to nominate one student to compete with nominees from other schools. Two winners are selected as Mitchell EMCs delegates to attend the all-expenses paid week-long tour that literally changes the course of their lives. Be a part of something powerful. Learn more about the Washington Youth Tour by contacting your local electric cooperative or visit nreca.coop/what-we-do/youth-programs.Washington Youth Tour attendees meet our legislature in Washington. See our YouTube video.