Youth Programs

Cooperatives play an integral role in community development – even outside of their primary role of providing affordable and reliable energy to 42 million Americans. In continuation of that mission, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has partnered with GenerationOn to provide participants of the 2015 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour with tools and resources (including $500 grants) to give back to their communities.

To learn more, visit GenerationOn and apply for a student service project grant.

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  • The Youth Tour Experience!
    More than 1,500 students from all across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year, and so can you! Travel to Washington, D.C., where you will meet your U.S. Representatives and Senators. This unique trip will give you the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state. You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders on Youth Day. Bottom line, you will make friendships that will last a lifetime and be part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs.
  • How do I become part of the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) during Youth Tour?
    Each state's delegation chooses a student representative for NRECA's Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The YLC is introduced onstage as part of the Youth Day program. YLC members come back to Washington, D.C., in July for a leadership workshop that will focus on the electric cooperative industry. YLC members will also be part of NRECA's Annual Meeting the following spring. Become a member of the YLC and you will be more poised, confident and a better developed leader with a strong determination to improve your community and make our country a better place!
  • What are electric co-ops and why do they sponsor Youth Tour and the YLC?
    Rural Electric Cooperatives were created in the 1930s when President Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the Rural Electrification Administration. Thanks to the Rural Electrification Act, those brave farmers and ranchers took it upon themselves to create their own member-owned utilities called cooperatives. This can-do spirit combined with the mission of giving back to the community is why electric cooperatives sponsor high school juniors and seniors on a weeklong, expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Every electric cooperative has a different Youth Tour selection process. To find out how to be part of Youth Tour, contact your local cooperative.
  • Youth Tour Schedule

    Youth Tour 2015 (June 12-19)
    Youth Tour 2016 (June 10-17)

  • The demand for electricity will be even greater in the future for access to the Internet and business opportunities. Co-ops will be providing it.
    Bianca Yates, Farmers RECC, Glasgow, Ky.
  • Yes they will always be around providing access to electricity in rural areas that would be otherwise ignored.
    Jefferey McDurmont, Alabama Electric Co-op G&T, Andalusia, Ga.
  • Co-ops will stay. The co-operative model is a timeless one for the good of the people.
    Kaitlyn McConnell, Webster Electric Co-op, Marshfield, Mo.
  • They will change, as the times change, but they have gone on for so long already, adapting and changing as they need to.
    Lizzie Schimmel, BENCO Electric Co-op, Mankato, Minn.
  • In the past, electric co-ops have played an important role in rural communities, and I believe that is their future, too.
    Ashleigh Gaines, Satilla REMC, Alma, Ga.
  • Co-ops will always continue their mission. I suspect they will grow as the population grows and become even stronger.
    Danek Torrey, Tri-County REC, Mansfield, Penn.
  • The partnerships that co-ops have with their communities will be hard to break. Co-ops can look forward to a long future.
    Stephen Hejl, HILCO Electric Co-op, Itasca, Texas