Plans for 2021 Youth Tour are currently being developed, pending the status of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Youth Tour 2021 is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 to Monday, June 21. If applicants have questions, please contact Brian Wolfe at or 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914.

Students who will be high school juniors during the 2020 - 2021 school year and whose parents or guardians are consumer-owners of REC are eligible for the 2021 REC sponsored trip. 2021 Youth applications are now available! 


Each year, students from REC’s service territory travel to Washington, D.C., to explore key issues in the electric industry, study the cooperative business model, interact with students in team- and leadership-building programs, tour historical and cultural sites, meet their members of Congress and attend a show at the Kennedy Center. They also make lifelong friends. More than 1,800 students from across the country will participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and applications are now available!

Students must do the following to be considered:

“It’s so great our cooperative wants to invest in us and really teach us to learn about our community, this country and also what cooperatives do in our community and why they are here to help us,” said Joseph Flynn of William Monroe High School. “We went to so many great places, met so many people and I know I’ve made some lifelong friends.”

How Youth Tour Started: Youth Tour was inspired by Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson when he addressed the NRECA Annual Meeting in 1957. The senator and future president declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." Additional Youth Tour information can be seen by visiting

Brian Wolfe

Brian Wolfe
Senior Public Relations Specialist

(540) 891-5914 |


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