Sadly, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., has been cancelled for 2021. Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives plans to bring the program back in 2022. There are also plans for a potential Columbus-based leadership program in the fall of 2021. Look for updates this coming spring or summer.
What is Youth Tour?
Sponsored by Firelands Electric and Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, Youth Tour is an annual leadership program in Washington, D.C. This week long, all-expenses-paid trip gives outstanding high school students a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen. Firelands Electric Cooperative gives deserving high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to use their knowledge to compete for this FREE, once in a lifetime trip to the nation's capital. The 2020 Youth Tour is scheduled for June 19-25.
Electric cooperatives all over the country hold Youth Tour competitions. Firelands Electric will choose up to two students to travel to Washington, D.C., in June with about 40 other delegates from Ohio. During the trip, students meet up with nearly 1,800 other delegates from electric co-ops across the country, have the chance to meet and talk to congressional leaders from Ohio at the U.S. Capitol, and visit all of the sights in and around the city. Click here for additional information about Youth Tour, or visit www.electric.coop.
What are the entry requirements?
Applicants must be a current high school sophomore or junior, who reside in a home receiving its electric power from Firelands Electric Cooperative. Selected students should be energetic and eager to make the most out of this fun and unique opportunity to learn. Candidates are evaluated on their knowledge of rural electric cooperatives, school and community activities, and demonstrated leadership. All application materials are available for download below. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.