Each summer Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative sponsors three high school juniors (rising seniors) to attend a week in Washington, D.C. This educational trip is an all expense paid six day trip to join over a thousand students from all over the United States.
2017 Washington Youth Tour
What do 1,500 high school students, our nation's capital and electric cooperatives have in common? The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, of course!
Youth Tour was established with one thought in mind—to inspire our next generation of leaders. Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans nationwide have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperative.
It all takes place in June, when hundreds of electric co-ops across the country send participants to Washington, D.C., for a chance to learn about the cooperative business model and a full week of sightseeing. While in D.C., participants have a chance to meet with their elected officials and discuss the issues that are important back home.
In early February, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will begin the interview process to select local students to attend Youth Tour 2017.