Are You Up For Amazing?

Travel to Washington, D.C. to explore monuments and museums, meet with members of Congress, and make lifelong friends with other students from across the country. You’ll discover leadership lessons from our nation’s history and be immersed in the cooperative spirit that built our nation, with all expenses paid by your local electric cooperative. Yeah, that’s pretty amazing. Are you up for it?

What Youth Tour Is All About.

Leadership Is Our Focus

From the monuments and memorials, to our meetings with Congress, the focus of Youth Tour is LEADERSHIP. And if you’re ready for the ultimate youth leadership experience, check out the Youth Leadership Council.

Cooperation Is Our Purpose

Electric cooperatives power communities and empower their member-consumers to improve their quality of life. We share this spirit of COOPERATION throughout the Youth Tour experience.

History Is Our Guide

From Civil War to civil rights, to the issues we face today. Youth Tour goes where great leaders have gone before, and explores the possibilities of our nation’s future through the lens of its HISTORY.

This Is How We Roll.

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime: Michigan Electric Cooperative Youth Tour will return in summer 2023.

Our group will meet at the airport for orientation, then travel to Baltimore, MD (by airline) and Gettysburg, PA (by private motor coach). Expect some fun, engaging activities along the way to help us get to know each other and explore the co-op leadership principles that will be the foundation of our Youth Tour experience.

Our day begins with a guided tour of the battlefields at Gettysburg — one of the Civil War’s most dynamic encounters — before completing our journey to Washington, D.C. We’ll check into our hotel this afternoon, elect our state Youth Leadership Council (YLC) representative, and have time to trade state pins with other Youth Tour students from around the country. We’ll end our day with a world-class performance at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Our day begins with a walking tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where we’ll visit the President John F. Kennedy gravesite, witness the time-honored changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and reflect on the names and stories of those honored here. Our day will include brief lectures at the Lincoln Memorial, Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) War Memorial, National World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and an exterior tour of the White House. Our evening includes an inspiring keynote address from Olympic Gold Medalist Mike Schlappi at the all-states NRECA Youth Day Assembly. You’ll have time to meet and trade state pins with other Youth Tour students from around the country at our hotel this evening.

Our day begins in the footsteps of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, to discover the incredible and inspiring true story of the Missing Soldiers Office. We’ll also explore the ideals and leadership principles of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater — site of his assassination in 1865. We’ll stop for a working lunch and legislative briefing at the NRECA Capitol Hill Office. You’ll have the afternoon to explore several museums of the Smithsonian Institution, including the Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, Natural History Museum, and National Gallery. We’ll end our day at a Washington Nationals baseball game.

We’ll spend most of today meeting with members of Congress representing your home state in our nation’s capital. You’ll have a unique opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues that are important to you! While on Capitol Hill, we’ll also take a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol Building, visit the U.S. Supreme Court and Library of Congress, and may have an opportunity to watch our government in action from the House or Senate Galleries. We’ll end our last day on Youth Tour with a Michigan group dinner and the NRECA All-States Farewell Event.

Youth Tour concludes with a short flight back home, but the adventure doesn’t end there…ask your co-op representative about scholarships, service projects, careers and other co-op opportunities!

NOTE: Itinerary, sightseeing and events are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances beyond control. Every effort will be made to operate Youth Tour as planned, but alterations may occur.

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