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Youth Tour


Are you a high school junior from Forbes Road, Northern Bedford, Southern Huntingdon, Tussey Mountain, home schooled or attend a private school?  Are your parents or legal guardians consumer-members of New Enterprise Rural Electric Cooperative (REC)?  If your answers are “yes” to both of these questions, you have fulfilled all qualifications for the 2019 Rural Electric Youth Tour with the execption of following the contest Rules & Regulations:

  • Students needs to write a brief essay or produce a short video entitled, “Why I would be a great candidate to attend the 2019 Youth Tour to Washington.” Or “What it would mean to me if I was selected to represent New Enterprise REC at the 2019 Youth Tour.”
    • The essay or video and application must be in New Enterprise REC’s office before February 8, 2019.  If you are a student at Northern Bedford, Tussey Mt, Forbes Road, or Southern Huntingdon submit your application to your high school guidance counselor.  Private school and home schooled can send the application directly to New Enterprise REC, c/o Brawna Sell, P.O. Box 75, New Enterprise, PA 16664-0075. 
    • After the essay or video is reviewed, an interview will be conducted.


New Enterprise REC, along with rural electric cooperatives from all across the country, sends students on this trip of a lifetime to our nation’s capital- Washington, D.C.  The dates for this all-expense paid adventure are June 16 – 21, 2019.


Who Qualifies?

There are two requirements for student eligibility:


  • You must be a student currently in the Junior class attending:   
    • Forbes Road
    • Northern Bedford
    • Tussey Mountain
    • Southern Huntingdon
    • Private School                                                                                     
    • Home School


  • You must be a child of a member or legal guardian who is a member of New Enterprise Rural Electric
  • If you are interested, please print and complete this form.


Check out the following Link for additional information for the Youth Tour and hear what others had to say!


History of the NRECA Youth Tour

In 1957 Senator Lyndon Baines Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Senator and future president declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents."

Consequently, some Texas electric cooperatives sent groups of young people to Washington to work during the summer in Senator Johnson's office. In 1958, a rural electric cooperative in Iowa sponsored the first group of 34 young people on a week-long study tour of the nation's capital. Later that same year, another busload came to Washington from Illinois. The idea grew and other states sent busloads of young people throughout the summer. By 1959, the "Youth Tour" had grown to 130 youths.

In 1964, NRECA began to coordinate joint activities among the state delegations and suggested that co-op representatives from each state arrange to be in Washington, D.C. during Youth Tour week. The first year of the coordinated tour included approximately 400 young people from 12 states. Word of the program has continued to spread and today, more than 1,600 young people and their chaperones participate in the Youth Tour every year.

The statewide Youth Tour directors arrange their delegation's visits to their U.S. Representatives' and Senators' offices, federal agencies, and other educational and sightseeing activities. In addition tot he planned statewide activities, the Youth Tour experience encompasses multi-state activities coordinated by NRECA. To date, 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns all over America have participated in this unique program.


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