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.
MEC Youth Tour 2019 Video
Youth Tour Resources
Links about electric cooperatives and how they work
What are Cooperatives?
What is a Cooperative?
Missouri Youth Tour's Facebook page
Experience first hand information and pictures from Washington, D.C.