Every June, as many as 1,600 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 – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

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!

Since the late 1950's, electric cooperatives have been sending high school juniors and seniors to our nation's capital to learn about electric cooperatives, visit historical sites and participate in Youth Day.

Students compete for the opportunity to attend the Youth Tour and all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., through an essay contest.

Students who are sophomores or juniors in high school and whose parents or guardian are a member of Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative are eligible to apply.

2024 Youth Tour Winner

Meet Avah Bullinger, BDEC's 2024 Youth Tour delegate, and read her winning essay!