Youth Tour

Youth Tour

Youth Tour

Each year, rural electric cooperatives across the nation sponsor roughly 1,900 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.   

In 2020, 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. What makes you a good candidate to represent Renville-Sibley Co-op on the 2020 Youth Tour and what do you expect to gain from your Washington, D.C. experience?
  • Complete a Youth Tour application form which can be found on Renville-Sibley’s web site.

Additional Information:

  • Deadline for application is February 21, 2020
  • The winner will be announced by February 28, 2020
  • Tour Dates: June 20 - 25, 2020
  • Sample itinerary (subject to change):
    • Saturday, June 20
      • Travel day
      • Electric Cooperatives 101 class
    • Sunday, June 21
      • Tour of Monuments, Arlington Cemetery, Smithsonian’s, night monument tour
    • Monday, June 22
      • Mount Vernon, National Museum of the Marine Corp, Old Town Alexandria and NRECA general session with other state youth tours
    • Tuesday, June 23
      • Group picture in front of White House, Newseum, National Cathedral, Holocaust Museum, John F Kennedy Center Performing Arts Center show
    • Wednesday, June 24
      • 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 25
      • Travel day