Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 National Electric Cooperative Youth Tour scheduled for June was cancelled. Iowa will return to offering the June trip to Washington, D.C., for deserving high school students in 2022.

Iowa Youth Leadership Academy: Guided by our commitment to community, Iowa’s electric cooperative are excited to launch a new online program for high school students in October of 2021. The Iowa Youth Leadership Academy is geared toward high school student with a passion for leadership and promises to open their eyes to how cooperatives impact our daily lives and the opportunities available to them through cooperatives. They’ll learn how to advocate for issues important to them and hear from dynamic speakers.

Students can also look forward to cool swag, awesome prizes, and if they attend all three sessions, they’ll be put in a drawing for a $1,000 college scholarship!

Look for more details along with how to register in August and September.

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Youth Tour

What is Youth Tour?

Iowa's locally owned electric cooperatives have been sending high school students to Washington D.C. every June since 1958! On the tour, students learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government and walk away with a greater understanding of their role as an American citizen. They participate in National Youth Day, visit with their elected legislators, and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. In Iowa, students apply for slots from their local electric cooperative. High school students with a passion for government and public service are encouraged to apply.

Approximately 40 high school students are chosen by local electric cooperatives from across the state of Iowa. Each cooperative sets its own selection criteria, so find your local electric co-op from the list below for more details. The Iowa students join with more than 1,800 students from co-ops around the country for the national Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June.

Students are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative through the overall strength of the applicant. If you want to take advantage of this incredible leadership opportunity, contact your local rural electric cooperative or high school career center for additional information. 

Next Iowa Youth Tour: June 18-24, 2022 (with orientation the evening of June 18 in Des Moines)

Why do electric cooperatives send students to Washington, D.C., each year?

Giving back to the community and investing in the next generation of leaders is part of every electric cooperative’s mission. Learn more about the cooperative difference.

Some of the things students will do and see on Youth Tour:

  • Washington Monument

  • World War II Memorial

  • Albert Einstein Memorial

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • The National Mall

  • Boat cruise on the Potomac River

  • Holocaust Memorial

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

  • Ford’s Theater

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Washington National Cathedral

  • Mount Vernon

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parade

  •  White House

  • U.S. Capitol tour





These co-ops accept Youth Tour applications:


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