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Youth Tour

Youth Tour SymbolWhat 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!

Who's Eligible?

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 2018-2019 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 April 1, 2020. This application form can be filled out electronically, but should be printed, signed and submitted to the cooperative's office by April 1, 2020. 

Application Requirements

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.


Check out the Youth Tour Promo Video!



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