Win a trip to Washington, D.C.

Win a trip to Washington, D.C.

I’d like to draw your attention to the advertisement on page 8 announcing Nodak’s participation in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. In June 2015, one well-deserving high school student from our service area will join youth from around the state and across the country on a weeklong, expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.


To apply for this unforgettable experience, students from this year’s 10th and 11th grade classes will submit essays on the subject, “If you were asked to influence other students your age to become more actively involved in their electric cooperative, including attendance at the electric cooperative annual meeting, what would you tell them and why.” One worthy essay will be chosen and its author will represent Nodak in our national capitol next summer.


Fifty years ago, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association began coordinating youth tours in Washington, D.C. While still a senator from Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson inspired the idea of the youth tour by suggesting that youngsters be sent to the national capitol “where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.” The first years of the tour included approximately 400 young people from 12 states. Today, more than 1,500 students and more than 250 chaperones participate in the youth tour annually.


Youth tour directors from each state will arrange visits with their state’s U.S. representatives and senators’ offices, federal agencies and other educational and sightseeing activities. Student delegates get a chance to see their national capitol up close, learn about the political process and interact with their elected officials, while gaining an understanding of American history and their role as a citizen. They may even have some fun while participating in this valuable leadership experience.


During the youth tour, one student from each state is selected for the prestigious opportunity to serve on NRECA’s Youth Leadership Council. That individual will join the other members of the Youth Leadership Council back in Washington, D.C., again in July to gain a broader understanding of electric cooperatives and the energy industry. During this trip, leadership council members meet with NRECA leaders and youth tour alumni who work on Capitol Hill. One final time, the Youth Leadership Council will gather for about four days at NRECA’s annual meeting the following spring in New Orleans, La.


Since its inception, nearly 50,000 high-achieving students from electric cooperative service areas across America have participated in this program. Many youth tour alumni have gone on to lead companies, serve our country in the highest ranks of government, and to other promising careers.


If you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in applying to become a part of this prestigious group of young people, send us a submission following the guidelines found on page 8, or call Gretchen Schmaltz at our office with any questions you may have.


Good luck and we look forward to reading your essays.