Youth Tour

Youth Tour

You Could Win a Trip to D.C.

Each year, rural electric cooperatives across the nation sponsor roughly 1,800 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 2017 Youth Tour delegate Amy Albrecht commented “This trip was truly an experience of a lifetime”. You can read more about Amy’s experience in the November 2017 Cooperative Connections.

In 2018, 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. The topic is to imagine traveling backward or forward in time and write about the value of electricity to the people living in that time period.
  • Complete a Youth Tour application form.

Additional Information:

  • Deadline for application is February 16, 2018
  • The winner will be announced by March 16, 2018
  • Tour Dates: June 9 - 14, 2018
  • Sample itinerary (subject to change):
    • Saturday, June 9th
      • Travel day
      • Electric Cooperatives 101 class
    • Sunday, June 10th:
      • Walking tour of Monuments, Arlington Cemetery, Smithsonian’s, night monument tour
    • Monday, June 11th:
      • Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corp, Old Town Alexandria and NRECA Youth night
    • Tuesday, June 12th:
      • Group picture in front of White House, Newseum, National Achieves, Smithsonian’s, Holocaust Museum, John F Kennedy Center Performing Arts Center show
    • Wednesday, June 13th:
      • Library of Congress, US Capitol tour, visit the Galleries, Capitol visits with Senators and Representatives, US Botanical Gardens, Souvenir City,
      • NRECA dinner & dance
    • Thursday, June 14th:
      • Travel day