One of the ways an electric cooperatives is different from other utilities is evident through the seven Cooperative Principles. The Rural Electric Youth Tour is a shining example of Cooperative Principal Number Seven, “Concern for Community.” That “giving something back to the community” is part of each electric co-op’s business plan.
Iowa was one of the first states to participate in then-Senator Lyndon Johnson’s idea to send young people to Washington D.C., to learn about government in action. Since then, the Rural Electric Youth Tour has brought more than 40,000 students from all over America to our nation’s capital to participate in this unique program.
Once in Washington, D.C., students will join about 1,500 participants from around the country to tour historic sites, take a boat cruise on the Potomac River, visit the Smithsonian museums, meet their members of Congress and make new friends.
While this year’s trip will follow the same basic format as previous ones, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be able to spend a little more time in Washington, D.C., on the final day because we were able to arrange a direct flight back to Des Moines. As a result, we’ll be hopefully touring the White House, stopping by the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial and visiting the Newseum – a 250,000-square-foot, interactive museum of news that will offer students an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technologies and hands-on exhibits.
Eligibility requirements for the Youth Tour are set by individual electric cooperatives. For more information, go to www.youthtour.coop or contact your local electric co-op.
The 2011 Youth Tour will be held June 11-16.
These electric cooperatives are sponsoring students on this year’s Youth Tour