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Washington D.C. Youth Tour 2018

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About the tour

An integral part of OTEC’s commitment to serving our communities is to foster the advancement of our youth through education and training. In fact, it’s one of the Seven Cooperative Principles.  The Washington D.C. Youth Tour is an invaluable opportunity for four young leaders to travel and experience our nation’s capital. It is, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime event.

OTEC’s student delegates have an eventful week visiting historical war memorials, national archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian to name a few. They get an opportunity to meet congressional leaders, advance their leadership skills and learn about current issues that face our communities and our nation. 

The annual Youth Tour was initiated after Senator Lyndon B. Johnson suggested that electric cooperative’s leaders send young, promising student leaders to the nation’s capital where they could have the opportunity to see, first-hand, “what the American flag stands for and represents.” 

Previous Youth Tour participates have become university presidents, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, and members of Congress.  In 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook credited the Youth Tour with his first trip to Washington in his commencement speech to graduates of George Washington University.  Over the past 51 years, nearly 50,000 students have visited Washington through the Youth Tour programs.

If you are a high school student in your junior year (public, private, or home school) and would like more details on the Rural Electric Youth Tour, mark your calendar and visit for additional information. Applications for OTEC’s 2018 tour will be available beginning November 3, 2017 and due back by January 12, 2018.

OTEC’s Youth Tour scholarships are funded by unclaimed capital credits and their earnings. They do not affect electric rates.

OTEC is a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) which represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives, and provides service to 42 million people in 47 states.