Youth Tour of Washington, D.C.
It's the trip of a lifetime for sons and daughters of co-op members
Each summer, Polk-Burnett is pleased to choose one or two delegates to represent our local co-op for the NRECA Youth Tour of Washington, D.C. The trip is hosted by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and all expenses are paid by Polk-Burnett, according to our cooperative principles to support youth and community.
More than 1,000 high school students from across the county gather for a week in June in our nation's capitol to learn about cooperatives, the rural electric program, U.S. government, democracy and history. Youth Tour delegates meet congressional leaders and tour our national monuments, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian Museums.
How to apply
Applications are posted at the beginning of each school year and the deadline to apply is early January.
Youth Tour delegates are Polk-Burnett scholarship candidates who earn the honor based on community service and an essay. We invite you to learn more about Polk-Burnett's scholarship program and the NRECA Youth Tour.
Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). It was inspired by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson when he addressed the 1957 NRECA annual meeting in Chicago. In that very first year, Iowa sponsored 34 young people; today, busloads of youth visit the capitol to experience democracy in action. We are proud to participate.
Polk-Burnett's Youth Tour is funded with unclaimed Capital Credits and does not affect electric rates.
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