Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Nearly 1,600 high school students for a week in D.C. that will change your life. Check out our website at nreca.coop/youthtour NRECA (www.nreca.coop) is the national service organization for more than 900 not-for-profit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states and whose retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States.
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Mission: Educating and Developing Tomorrow's Cooperative Leaders

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Thank you to everyone who joined our voter registration dance party today!! We registered 12 new voters and reached over...
09/23/2020

Thank you to everyone who joined our voter registration dance party today!! We registered 12 new voters and reached over 400 people with important voting information in just under an hour! Keep the momentum going through Election Day and #ShineOn! #NVRD #CoopsVote #VoteReady

Happy National Voter Registration Day!!! We can’t wait to see you tonight at our first ever voter registration dance par...
09/22/2020

Happy National Voter Registration Day!!! We can’t wait to see you tonight at our first ever voter registration dance party at 7 PM EST on Zoom! Win prizes, register friends to vote, and dance like it’s Election Year 2020!!! RSVP now at tinyurl.com/nvrd2020! #VoteReady #CoopsVote #NVRD

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!! Join us for the first ever voter registration dance party on Zoom at 7 PM EST! RSVP at tinyurl.com...
09/21/2020

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!! Join us for the first ever voter registration dance party on Zoom at 7 PM EST! RSVP at tinyurl.com/nvrd2020 to help us register new voters and dance with friends across the country! Check out the FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/997156754057530/ #VoteReady #CoopsVote #NVRD

09/17/2020

We are just five days out from the biggest voter registration dance party ever!! We need your help getting the message out to vote to your friends and family! Join us from all across the country on September 22 at 7 PM EST on Zoom, and bring a friend! We want your help even if you can only stay for a song or two! RSVP now at tinyurl.com/nvrd2020! #NVRD #VoteReady #CoopsVote

ONE WEEK UNTIL OUR FIRST EVER VOTER REGISTRATION DANCE PARTY!!! RSVP here: tinyurl.com/nvrd2020 to join the largest yout...
09/15/2020

ONE WEEK UNTIL OUR FIRST EVER VOTER REGISTRATION DANCE PARTY!!! RSVP here: tinyurl.com/nvrd2020 to join the largest youth-led effort to register your friends to vote—all while dancing to DJ Cale McCall’s playlist of your favorite hits! Scroll through these graphics to see why it is so important to help register new voters!!! Join us Tuesday Sept. 22 at 7 PM EST. See you there! 🥳

09/02/2020
Co-ops Vote! 2020

Check it out: Ohio's Electric Cooperatives created a short & fabulous reminder for all of us to register to vote!! (Psssst - Did you know National Voter Registration Day - or as the cool kids call it - NVRD - is coming up on September 22nd?? And did you also know we are hosting a Virtual Voting Registration Dance Party with those rad #CoopsVote people?? - More info on that to come!) Be Nice to People, VOTE, Work Hard and - of course .... #ShineOn!!!! #YTOShineOnLine Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour Co-ops Vote
https://youtu.be/VAr-DPk9ZtY

The rural voice counts: cast your vote on November 3rd!

07/30/2020
NRECA and Advocacy -A Conversation with Bobby Hamill

Have you ever wondered what being a lobbyist in DC is like? Don't worry we've got you covered! In this video, Bobby Hamill, NRECA lobbyist on Environmental issues, explains an average, why advocacy is important and you can start getting involved today!

Check it out here! https://vimeo.com/443166851

Have you ever wondered what being a lobbyist in DC is like? Don't worry we've got you covered! In this video, Bobby Hamill, NRECA lobbyist on Environmental…

07/30/2020
Share your ✨Shine✨ - Ben Ballard

Share your ✨Shine✨ - Ben Ballard
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We're pumped to welcome Ben to the Youth Tour page as he shares how COVID-19 impacted his mission trip and a lesson he recently learned from a firefly! Take it away Ben! #ShareYourShine #ShineOn #YTOShineOnline

07/30/2020
Mike Schlappi - Moving Forward

Guess whose back, back, back - back again?
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We're excited to welcome back Mike Schlappi to the Youth Tour page, as he encourages us to never to stop pursuing our dreams and to always find the 🌟bright🌟 side in situations! #ShineOn #YTOShineOnline

07/30/2020

Who's ready to travel across D.C. during our very own walking tour! 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️
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Let's join NRECA's Senior Grassroots Associate Leann Paradise as she takes us to some of her favorite sights in our Nation's Capitol. Leave a comment below so Lenn knows where to travel to next! #ShineOn #YTOShineOnline

Week 5- GET HYPE! ..We will be Shining Online all day today! Who’s excited!?!
07/30/2020

Week 5- GET HYPE!
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We will be Shining Online all day today! Who’s excited!?!

07/30/2020
Share your ✨Shine ✨ - Annette Becker

Share your ✨Shine ✨ - Annette Becker
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We're excited to welcome Annette to the Youth Tour pages as she explains what she's been up to during quarantine and how Youth Tour has shaped her professional career - let's check it out! #ShareYourShine #ShineOn #YTOShineOnline

07/30/2020
YTOShineOnline - Week 5

Whelp....it looks like we sent our Zoom call out to everyone...
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We're pumped to kick-off WEEK 5️⃣ of #YTOShineOnline, and this week we're doing things a little different. Throughout the day, we'll be posting content on our social media accounts, so make sure to stay tuned as we share our shine, explore DC, and learn a little more about the advocacy efforts of NRECA! You don't want to miss out! #ShineOn

Week 4 of Shine Online!! ..That’s right- we’ve been doing our weekly Shine Online live-streams for a whole month now! Jo...
07/23/2020

Week 4 of Shine Online!!
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That’s right- we’ve been doing our weekly Shine Online live-streams for a whole month now! Join us tonight at 7PM EST as we hear from more cooperative leaders and our past YLC’sters!
No fear, we will be playing some One Direction and Taylor Swift throughout the broadcast of course!

07/23/2020

WEEK 4️⃣ of YTOShineOnline!
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Tonight is going to be PERFECT with no BAD BLOOD in sight! You don’t want to miss out on this week - Glenn English, Share your Shine, YLC Week and a whole lot more! So, SHAKE IT OFF because tonight is going to be BETTER THAN WORDS! See you at 7 PM EST! #ShineOnline

07/20/2020

Do you have a question about voting or register to vote!?! Then NRECA Interns Cale and Lara have you covered! Sit back and learn how you can make your voice heard today!

07/16/2020

Week 3!! Let’s do it!!
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We will see you all at 7pm eastern standard time as we talk all things co-ops vote and sharing your shine! Be sure to hop on the Facebook live and chat with us! Who’s ready to Shine Online?! #YTOShineOnline

Still wanting more from last Thursday!?!?! See you guys TONIGHT! ..Week 2 of Shine Online at 7pm EST tonight! Grab a goo...
07/09/2020

Still wanting more from last Thursday!?!?! See you guys TONIGHT!
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Week 2 of Shine Online at 7pm EST tonight! Grab a good snack and some Youth Tour gear, and we will meet you there! #YTOshineonline #shineonline

Was last Thursday incredible or what!? Now, we want to hear from you! ..In the comments, let us know what content you wo...
07/07/2020

Was last Thursday incredible or what!? Now, we want to hear from you!
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In the comments, let us know what content you would love to see in our weekly Shine Online live-streams!

Ummm.....ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS WE ARE! ...We’re jamming to the #ShineOn playlist, putting on our fav Youth Tour gear and...
07/02/2020

Ummm.....ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS WE ARE!
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We’re jamming to the #ShineOn playlist, putting on our fav Youth Tour gear and getting ready for Week 1 of #YTOShineOnline! We can’t wait to see you all TONIGHT at 7 PM EST! #ShineOn

Heyo! 2 days out! Who’s excited?!..Not only are we shining online in a couple of days, but we want YOU to Share YOUR Shi...
06/30/2020

Heyo! 2 days out! Who’s excited?!
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Not only are we shining online in a couple of days, but we want YOU to Share YOUR Shine! Tell us something fun and you just might be featured in our weekly segments. Let us know something cool you’ve been doing in quarantine, what your cooperative has been involved with in your community, or anything awesome in between! We so excited to hear from you! 🌟

Okay....who’s excited!!..As we prepare for our first live stream of the summer, tune into our Instagram and Facebook thi...
06/28/2020

Okay....who’s excited!!
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As we prepare for our first live stream of the summer, tune into our Instagram and Facebook this week for some exciting news - you don’t want to miss it. See you Thursday! #YTOShineOnline #ShineOn #ytdc

Yup, you heard it right.....YOUTH TOUR IS GOING ONLINE! While we won’t be welcoming 2,000 students to DC this summer, we...
06/24/2020

Yup, you heard it right...
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YOUTH TOUR IS GOING ONLINE! While we won’t be welcoming 2,000 students to DC this summer, we are pumped to bring this brand-new experience to YOU.
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No matter where you are, this weekly series will bring together engaging speakers, co-op leaders, elected officials and our vast network of Youth Tour delegates!
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Inspire others and BE inspired each week during our #ShareYourShine segments.
YTO: ShineOnLine is a YOUR unique opportunity to engage, create history, and SHINE ... all from the comfort of your home.
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Are YOU ready to share your shine?

06/22/2020

BIG, BIG NEWS. TONIGHT. 8 PM EST. BE HERE.

04/17/2020
Youth Tour 2020 Special Message: Mike Schlappi

For 10 years, one of the most impactful highlights of NRECA’s Youth Day was keynote speaker, Mike Schlappi. Throughout the years, his powerful speech has impacted thousands of Youth Tour’isters and staff. Like the rest of us, he is SO disappointed we will not be meeting together in June for our 2020 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Please enjoy his heartening message and, as always, stay safe, take care of each other, and SHINE ON! #YTDC #ShineOn

04/13/2020

Our hearts are so heavy with the release of this news .... YT2020 is officially cancelled. I don't know if there is anybody more heartbroken than our wonderful state Youth Tour Directors. I'm so thankful for their collaboration, love of the program, and passion. As NRECA's CEO Jim Matheson says, "There will certainly be a void in Washington, D.C. without the 2020 Youth Tour." Indeed. Please enjoy the video - featuring a few of your favorites!

03/30/2020
2 DAYS TO APPLY!

THATS RIGHT!?! Just TWO DAYS left to apply for the 2020 Glenn English Scholarship! $10,000 could be YOURS to help further your educational journey. To learn more, or to apply, check out bit.ly/GlennEnglish2020 And to the 92 of ya with applications in draft mode, we can’t wait to see your apps soon! #ElevateYTDC #GlennEnglish #GetItDone

03/27/2020

Have you ever wanted to pursue a career in public policy? Learn how Lexi Jackson, the 2018 Glenn English Scholarship winner, used her “cooppportunities” to make a difference in rural America. The deadline to apply is April 1 - so don’t miss out, apply today! Link in our bio!

03/26/2020

Well heyo 👋🏼 Youth Tour Alum! Check out this video from the 2019 Glenn English Scholarship winner, Sophia Marcolla, about an ✨amazing ✨ opportunity! Learn more and APPLY TODAY by clicking the link in our bio! #ElevateYTDC #YouthTourDC

Are you a Youth Tour Alum? Could you use some money for college? Then oh boy, are you in luck! The Glenn English Nationa...
03/12/2020

Are you a Youth Tour Alum? Could you use some money for college? Then oh boy, are you in luck! The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students. The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation has awarded almost $100,000 in scholarships to NRECA’s Youth Tour alumni since the program’s inception in 2014! These are awarded in one $10,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships annually.

Apply Today at bit.ly/GlennEnglish2020

01/11/2020

Well... heyo Youth Tour Alum - 👋🏼 boy do we have an opportunity for you! Are you ready to elevate lives, change futures and create the next generation of #coop leaders? Then you should def apply to be a 2020 Blue Shirt!! “Blue Shirts” or staff assistants help facilitate NRECA Youth Programs engaging with the leaders of tomorrow. Applications are due March 1 and you can find out more bit.ly/blueshirt2020! Are you applying? #ElevateYTDC #ElevateYT #ShineOn

07/17/2019

Here they are!! 👋🏼 Get to know your 2019 National Spokesperson - Kade McAdams!! See you in NOLA! #elevateylc

07/17/2019

Here they are!! 👋🏼 Get to know your 2019 National Spokesperson, Runner-Up - Payne Sleeper!! See you in NOLA! #elevateylc

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General information

Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting in Chicago 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.” Consequently, some Texas electric cooperatives sent groups of young people to Washington to work during the summer in Senator Johnson’s office. In 1958, a rural electric cooperative in Iowa sponsored the first group of 34 young people on a week-long study tour of the nation’s capital. Later that same year, another busload came to Washington from Illinois. The idea grew and other states sent busloads of young people throughout the summer. By 1959, the “Youth Tour” had grown to 130 students. In 1964, NRECA began to coordinate joint activities among the state delegations and suggested that co-op representatives from each state arrange to be in Washington, D.C. during Youth Tour week. The first year of the coordinated Tour included approximately 400 young people from 12 states. Word of the program has continued to spread and today, over 1,500 students and over 250 chaperones participate in the Youth Tour every year.

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