What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?
Every June since the 1950s, as many as 1,800 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Pella Cooperative Electric sends one student each year. Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!
High school students who are sophomores, juniors or students who hold the status equivalent to a sophomore or junior in an accredited home-based school in the 2017-2018 school year. Their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must be member-consumers of Pella Cooperative Electric - members are those who receive electric service from the Co-op.
How to Apply
Complete the application and submit so the information is in the cooperative's office by March 30, 2018. A revised application will be available online soon.
Write an essay - one page, typed, double spaced - explaining why cooperatives are important and how the cooperative business model differs from other electric utilities (investor owned or municipals). Also, complete a short questionnaire.
Spend a day on Capitol Hill, meet other students, site-see, and more! Cruise down the Potomac River, and take advantage of an opportunity to go running (three miles) with Senator Grassley.