Youth Tour

Youth Tour

You Could Win a Trip to D.C.

Each year, rural electric cooperatives across the nation sponsor roughly 1,500 students on the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C. The youth tour program continues to foster the grassroots spirit of the rural electric cooperatives by demonstrating to high school juniors and seniors how our government works and what the electric cooperative business model is all about. Renville-Sibley’s 2016 Youth Tour delegate Megan Hoff commented in her reflections from the trip “I learned so much on this trip from the inside of our government to making unforgettable connections with people from all over the state and country”.

In 2017, Renville-Sibley will be sending one high school junior or senior on an all-expense paid trip to the Washington D.C. Youth Tour. The selected student will spend six days in our nation’s capital visiting museums, chatting with politicians and making memories and friends that will last a lifetime. What is the best part of this trip? The best part is the fact that Renville-Sibley will pay all of the expenses.

More information and how to apply can be found below.

Contest purpose:

Select one youth to represent Renville-Sibley Co-op Power at the Washington D.C. Youth Tour.


The contest is open to any current high school junior or senior whose family is a member of our cooperative.


  • Contestant shall write a 300-word essay on the topic: What is the value of the cooperative business model.
  • Complete a Youth Tour application

Additional Information:

  • Deadline for application is March 17, 2017
  • The winner will be announced by March 30, 2017
  • Tour Dates: June 10 - 15, 2017
  • Sample itinerary (subject to change):
    • Saturday, June 10th
      • Travel day
      • Night bus tour of Air Force Memorial and 9/11 Memorial
    • Sunday, June 11th:
      • Arlington Cemetery, walking tour of Monuments, Smithsonian visits and night Monument Tours 
    • Monday, June 12th
    • Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corp, Olde Towne – Alexandria and NRECA Youth night
    • Tuesday, June 13th:
      • Iwo Jima Memorial, picture in front of the White House, Newseum, National Achieves, Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum and theatre
    • Wednesday, June 14th:
      • Capitol Day – meet with Congressional Delegation, tour capitol and visit House Gallery
      • NRECA dinner & dance
    • Thursday, June 16th:
      • Travel day
    • More information can be found at the National Youth Tour website

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