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YT2k21 Experience 

For over 50 years, teens from across rural America have been visiting Washington, D.C. for the “trip of a lifetime,” courtesy of their local electric cooperative. Over the years, these delegates have toured some of the finest museums in the world and visited America’s most historic monuments. They have met with their elected officials and explored Capitol Hill. In 2020, due to COVID-19, the traditional Youth Tour trip was canceled. In typical 2020 fashion, the trip turned virtual and the delegates from Missouri were able to connect, learn and network via Zoom.

In 2021, the trip is taking a different turn. Delegates from each sponsoring cooperative will participate in the Youth Tour Experience, spending two days at their local electric cooperative and one at the district transmission cooperative. The delegates from across the state will still join together and conference in with the rest of the Missouri delegates from the comfort of their local co-op. While this event will not look exactly like the traditional Youth Tour, the Youth Tour Experience, or “YT2k21”, will still include much of the learning, networking, and fun that the normal Tour provides to students.

High school juniors can apply today for the “YT2k21” Youth Tour Experience today writing an essay, 350 to 500 words in length. Be sure to attach the required Contestant Information Form. This year’s essay topic is Cooperative Principle number 7; Concern for Community: Describe the ways cooperatives positively impact the communities they serve. Essays should be submitted in MLA format. 

In addition, the winners will receive a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. Essay winners are required to participate in the full Youth Tour Experience from June 16-18, 2021, in order to qualify for the scholarship. Applications and essays are due Friday, March 19, 2021, at 4:30

2021 Youth Tour Cover Page Link to PDF file

2021 Youth Tour FAQ's Link to PDF file

For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Macon Electric Cooperative:
Rebecca Miller
Communications Specialist
31571 Business Hwy 36 E
P.O. Box 157
Macon, MO 63552

MEC Youth Tour 2019 Video


Youth Tour Resources 


Links about electric cooperatives and how they work

AMEC - Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
NRECA - National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Electric Cooperative Youth Tour
Educating and Developing Tomorrow's Cooperative Leaders

What are Cooperatives?


What is a Cooperative?

Co-opLaw -  collaborative legal resource library created by the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (GC3).
Cooperative Center - Federal Credit Union
NRECA: The Electric Cooperative Story


Missouri Youth Tour's Facebook page
Experience first hand information and pictures from Washington, D.C. 


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