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Youth Tour


2019 Black River Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Contest


You Could Win An All Expense Paid Trip to Washington, D.C.!

The Youth Tour Essay Contest is open to high school juniors attending school or living in the Black River Electric Cooperative service area. Immediate family members of BREC employees and Directors are ineligible. 

This year’s topic is:

“The Power of Membership: In a Cooperative, you are a member-owner, not just a customer. Explain the difference this relationship makes. Use one or more of the 
7 Cooperative Principles.”


 View and download Contest Rules and Application for more information. 


Here are some highlights from last year's "Trip of a Lifetime!"


The videos below help explain the power of electric cooperatives. 








What is the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

Every year Black River Electric Cooperative sponsors an essay contest to select delegates to attend the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These fortunate high school students represent BREC, along with 1,500 other students, on a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital. They tour museums, visit America's most cherished monuments and even meet their elected officials. All the while they are learning about electric cooperatives and their role in the community.

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!

If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in the Youth Tour program. Entry application and contest rules will be available on this site January 2015. For more information, check out National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour site


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