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Youth Tour

2021 Youth Tour Trip to Washington, D.C. Canceled

Due to Covid-19 the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives has decided to cancel the 2021 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour trip. After much consideration and discussion on the uncertainty of what 2021 will bring such as the group’s accessibility to museums and historic sites, increased costs, Covid restrictions, and protocol if any of the participants came down with Covid while on the trip, they decided to postpone the trip till 2022. 

What is Youth Tour?

The Youth Tour has been bringing high school students to Washington D.C. for over 50 years every June. On the tour, students learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government and walk away with a greater understanding of their role as an American citizen. They participate in National Youth Day, visit with their representative and senators, and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. In Iowa, students apply for slots from their local electric cooperative. High school students with a passion for government and public service are encouraged to apply. 

Approximately 35 high school students — those going into their junior year of high school through just-graduated seniors — are chosen by local electric cooperatives from across the state of Iowa. Each cooperative sets their own selection criteria, so find your local electric co-op from the list below for more details. The Iowa students join with approximately 1,800 other students from co-ops around the country for the national Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June.

Students are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative through the overall strength of the applicant. If you want to take advantage of this incredible leadership opportunity, contact your local rural electric cooperative or high school career center for additional information. 

Although the 2020 Youth Tour trip was also canceled due to Covid-19, you can watch this video to get a better idea of the Youth Tour experience!


Why do electric cooperatives send students to Washington, D.C., each year?

Giving back to the community and investing in the next generation of leaders is part of every electric cooperative’s mission.

Some of the things students will do and see on Youth Tour:

  • Washington Monument

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

  • World War II Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Albert Einstein Memorial

  • Washington National Cathedral

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

  • Mount Vernon

  • Veitnam Veterans Memorial

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parade

  • The National Mall

  • White House

  • Boat cruise on the Potomac River

  • U.S. Capitol Tour

  • Holocaust Memorial

  • Georgetown

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

  • The Newseum

  • Ford's Theater

  • A trip of a lifetime...


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