BREC Sends Local Students on the “Trip of a Lifetime” to Washington D.C.
One-hundred and two high school students participated in Missouri's 54th annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., June 9-15. Black River Electric Cooperative sponsored three local delegates (from left): Brice Jansen, Leopold; Carson Stephens, Fredericktown, and Elizabeth Ratliff, Lesterville.
The seven-day tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today’s pressing issues.
“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students and we’re proud to send our best and brightest to Washington, D.C. this year to participate,” said John Singleton, General Manager and CEO of Black River Electric Cooperative.
Highlights included the young people visiting with representatives from their congressional districts and touring famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and Arlington National Cemetery. The group also took a sightseeing cruise on the Potomac River one evening with delegates from other states.
Other events of the week included participation in the Electric Youth Day, during which a special program coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association brought together more than 1,600 Youth Tour delegates from across the United States. The delegates enjoyed featured speeches by government leaders and motivational speakers, such as Mike Schlappi, an inspiring four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time world wheelchair basketball champion.
Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 50,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions and sightseeing in Washington.
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.