A week to meet students from across the country, visit with Iowa legislators, tour the historic memorials and museums in our nation's capitol.
What is the Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?
Every June since the 1950s, as many as 1,800 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives, like Pella Cooperative Electric, that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Who can apply?
Pella Cooperative Electric sponsors one student each year who resides within the Pella Cooperative Electric service territory. This includes part of Jasper, Mahaska, Marion, and Poweshiek counties in Central Iowa.
When does it happen?
The 2024 Youth Tour Dates are June 15-21, 2024 with orientation on the evening of June 15 in Des Moines.
What will you do?
Students will have a chance to learn more about electric cooperatives and American history and will come home with a great understanding of their role as an American citizen. They will also learn about the U.S. government and meet with their members of Congress. On the trip, students will also take in the sights of D.C. as they visit monuments, museums, and historical landmarks. Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, and make friendships that will last beyond the week. Students who go on Youth Tour call it a trip of a lifetime!
Why do we sponsor students?
Giving back to our communities and investing in the next generation of leaders is part of every electric cooperative's mission.