Youth Programs

NRECA's Youth Tour and Youth Scholarships

2020 Youth Tour Update

For over 50 years, teens from rural America have been coming to Washington, D.C. on the “trip of a lifetime,” courtesy of their local sponsoring electric cooperative, their state association, and NRECA. 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. They have learned about the impact electric cooperatives have on their communities as well as how programs like NRECA International are impacting lives around the world. And each year, roughly 2,000 delegates and staff make an impact on Washington, D.C.

This year, because of COVID-19 and our overarching commitment to keep our delegates, staff, and communities safe, we have canceled our Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in June.

As NRECA CEO Jim Matheson says in the above video, “There’s going to be a big void this year in Washington without having the Youth Tour.” He is so right. Please check back often to see our online alternatives. Stay well & shine on!

Please contact NRECA’s Youth Programs & Training Manager Beth Knudson | beth.knudson@nreca.coop with any questions.

Youth Tour Experiences

Listen to an impressive group of Youth Tour alumni share how they benefited from the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., meet their legislators and make life-long friendships with high school students from across the United States.