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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Be part of a life-changing trip which brings nearly1,600 high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. from all across America. Students are selected by their local electric cooperative. Not only will you visit the memorials and museums in and around Washington, you will meet your United States representative and senators.

Mission: Educating and Developing Tomorrow's Cooperative Leaders

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

Ladies and Gentlemen - we are proud to announce YOUR 2020 National Spokesperson and Runner-up! ...Your runner-up, from t...
07/16/2019

Ladies and Gentlemen - we are proud to announce YOUR 2020 National Spokesperson and Runner-up!
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Your runner-up, from the state of Mississippi, representing, ACE Power, Payne Sleeper!
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Your National Spokesperson, from the proud state of Texas, representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Kade McAdams!
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These two will have the honor of representing the over 2,000 Youth Tour participants at the NRECA Annual Meeting this Spring! Congratulations, and best of luck!

07/16/2019

2020 National Spokesperson Announcement

Tonight | 6:30 PM EST | Don’t miss it.....Ready to find out who the 2019 National Spokesperson is? Tune into our Instagr...
07/16/2019

Tonight | 6:30 PM EST | Don’t miss it.
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Ready to find out who the 2019 National Spokesperson is? Tune into our Instagram or Facebook for the special announcement Livestream! #elevateylc

07/15/2019

2019 Youth Leadership Council Speeches - Day 2

At NRECA in Arlington, VA

🥁DRUM ROLL PLEASE 🥁....Congratulations to @sophiamarcolla our 2019 Glenn English Scholarship $10,000  recipient! Sophia ...
06/27/2019

🥁DRUM ROLL PLEASE 🥁
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Congratulations to @sophiamarcolla our 2019 Glenn English Scholarship $10,000 recipient! Sophia attend Youth Tour in 2016, represented Illinois on the Youth Leadership Council In 2017, and returned back as a Staff Assistant in 2018. Sophie is currently a Sophomore at the University of Kentucky studying Political Science and is spending her summer interning on Capital Hill! If you attended Youth Tour, 👉🏼 YOU 👈🏼 are eligible to apply next year!! Youth Tour constantly #Elevates delegates lives, will you be applying next year? #ElevateYTDC

06/12/2019

This week, YOU will have the opportunity to become rural advocates while on Capitol Hill. Today we hear from Bobby Hamill, a lobbyist here at NRECA. Take a listen! We’ve got tips and tricks you can use when you meet with your legislator ... We’ve even got some advice on how YOU could eventually end up in DC! #ElevateYTDC #CoopsOnTheHill #NRECA #CoopsVote

06/11/2019

As you start packing to head out here to DC, take a break, and check out how you can get involved in our Nation’s democratic process! In the first part of our two day #ruraladvocacy series, we talk NRECA’s Co-op’s Vote program!

DC see you soon! #ElevateYTDC #CoopsVote #CoopsOnTheHill

06/10/2019

See, we told you EVERYONE was excited to welcome you to DC! . . .

We are a few short days away from welcoming over 2,000 delegates and staff to our nation’s capital for a truly life changing week - made possible by America’s electric cooperatives! Stay tuned to our socials this week and next as we highlight people, programs, and activities to #Elevate your experience! DC you soon! #ElevateYTDC #YTDC #NRECA

Alright Youth Tour Alumni -  we need YOUR help! ...Hop on over to our Instastories and share with us some of your best #...
06/03/2019

Alright Youth Tour Alumni - we need YOUR help!
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Hop on over to our Instastories and share with us some of your best #YTDCTourTips! In the coming days, we will be sharing these tips with this years delegates! Show us what ya got! #elevateytdc

06/01/2019
#Elevate

The time has come for the leaders of tomorrow to #Elevate today!
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We are pumped to welcome over 2,000 students to our nation's Capital as they #elevate their future! This week is promised to be full of unmatched opportunities, personal growth and friendships that will last a lifetime. Will see you in #12days! #elevateytdc

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour's cover photo
06/01/2019

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour's cover photo

Today, and everyday, we honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Our way of li...
05/27/2019

Today, and everyday, we honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Our way of life has been forever shaped, and made possible, by those who have served - and those we have lost
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PC: Shana Read, Kansas Electric Cooperatives

04/30/2019

Want to learn about what @nreca does to advocate on behalf of rural America? Check out this video to get an overview of advocacy during Youth Tour, the role you will play as YT delegates and the difference we all can make! How will you #elevate rural America?

🔘Want to gain professional experience? 🔘Want to work for a business who was rated one of the top places to work in DC? I...
04/11/2019

🔘Want to gain professional experience?
🔘Want to work for a business who was rated one of the top places to work in DC?

If you answered yes, then you need to check out the internships available throughout @nreca. As an Intern, you will gain valuable experience in various department throughout the organization. And not to mention their all paid.

For more information or to apply click the link down below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://bit.ly/nrecaintern

04/02/2019

📣🌎IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE🌎 📣

For those of you still working on your Glenn English Scholarship application, check out this important message from @lexojackso!

You only have a few hours left to apply so make sure to complete your applications now!! Click the link to apply or for more information!

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students.

For information about the scholarship click below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESInfo

To Apply Click Below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESAppli

Don't forget the deadline is today!

Hey 👋🏼 YT Alum!! Over 136 of you still have applications in their drafts - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?!? The application ...
04/01/2019

Hey 👋🏼 YT Alum!! Over 136 of you still have applications in their drafts - WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?!? The application for the scholarship closes tonight, so don't miss your chance!

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students.

For information about the scholarship click below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESInfo

To Apply Click Below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESAppli

04/01/2019

Hey 👋🏼 YT Alum!! Tessa Otto, the 2017 Glenn English Scholarship Winner, has a quick message for you! Check it out below! ⬇️

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students.

For information about the scholarship click below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESInfo

To Apply Click Below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESAppli

Don't forget the deadline is today!

⏰ Deadline is TODAY! ⏰Are you an alumnus of Youth Tour? Are you currently working towards your first undergraduate degre...
04/01/2019

⏰ Deadline is TODAY! ⏰

Are you an alumnus of Youth Tour? Are you currently working towards your first undergraduate degree? Then do we have an opportunity for you!

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students.

For information about the scholarship click below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESInfo

To Apply Click Below ⬇️
http://bit.ly/GESAppli

Don't forget the deadline is today!

Well check out THIS good looking bunch! Thank you again to Touchstone Energy Cooperatives for the sweet red fleeces! (An...
03/22/2018
Building a foundation of leadership - Touchstone Energy

Well check out THIS good looking bunch! Thank you again to Touchstone Energy Cooperatives for the sweet red fleeces! (And that's their fearless leader Lynn Moore right there in the middle of the action)

At Touchstone Energy, we believe one of the best ways to empower a vibrant co-op future is through the education and leadership of the youth of America. That is why we proudly support NRECA’s Youth …

In mid-February, over 6,000 Electric Cooperative managers, directors, employees, and associate members from around the c...
03/20/2018
Tennessee’s Aaron Lay speaks at NRECA annual meeting | TECA

In mid-February, over 6,000 Electric Cooperative managers, directors, employees, and associate members from around the country gathered in Nashville, TN for NRECA’s Annual Meeting. This year’s youth representative, Aaron Lay, addressed the General Session and received thunderous applause and a standing ovation from attendees when he gave his inspiring & compelling speech (included in this article).
If you’ve ever wondered about applying for Youth Tour & #YLC - let me assure you - it is absolutely an incredible, life-changing experience. Rock on, Aaron! We are all so proud of you! #ShineonNashville #YTDC NRECA

Nashville – Aaron Lay, a senior at Sequoyah High School and Washington Youth Tour delegate from Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative, addressed more than 6,000 co-op leaders assembled in Nashville today for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s annual meeting. Lay was selected by hi...

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour
03/20/2018

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Applications are rolling in for the Glenn English Scholarship Opportunities! Did you know we have TWO very different sch...
02/21/2018
Youth Programs - America's Electric Cooperatives

Applications are rolling in for the Glenn English Scholarship Opportunities! Did you know we have TWO very different scholarship categories? Are you a Youth Tour Alum? (Um, probably. Because you're on this page....) ;) Are you an engineering student interested in pursuing a career in Rural America?? - If you're BOTH .... By all means, apply for both! If you're one or the other, make sure you check out the criteria and APPLY! (Just follow this link and scroll down about 1/3 of the page). Good luck!!! https://www.electric.coop/our-organization/youth-programs/

Discover how the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour helps high school students grow as citizens and become leaders.

Former YLC’sters .... Interested in becoming a #greenshirt .... or #redshirt for #YTDC2k18 ?!? Applications are now avai...
11/21/2017

Former YLC’sters .... Interested in becoming a #greenshirt .... or #redshirt for #YTDC2k18 ?!? Applications are now available!! Ask your YTD or email MamaBeth to get yours! - [email protected] - Application Deadline: 3.1.18

09/26/2017

YESSSS - Alexa knows what's up! #shutitdown #YTDC 😂

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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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