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Youth Tour

Youth Tour is an all-expenses paid, once-in-a-lifetime chance for you to bond with fellow students, meet elected officials and experience our nation’s capital. More than 1,800 students from all across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year and so can you! This unique trip gives the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore museums, memorials and monuments with other students. Some of the stops for the trip may include the Newseum, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Iwo Jima Sunset Parade, National Cathedral, Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum, Smithsonian, a Kennedy Center production, National Zoo, the Holocaust Museum and a Potomac Boat Cruise. The funding for Youth Tour comes from unclaimed capital credits that CEC no longer must send to the state. The use of these unclaimed capital credits does not impact member rates in any way.

You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders. You will make friendships that last a lifetime and be part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life, including U.S. Senators and CEOs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook for example, told George Washington University students how he “had come face to face with two men who guaranteed themselves a place in history,” while on Youth Tour.

For more information on how to apply or to apply, you can see below, call us (800-521-0570) or talk with your guidance counselor. 

To see photos and videos of the most recent and past Youth Tours, as well as detailed information about Youth Tour in general, please click here.


Application Requirements

  1. Contest is open to any high school junior who resides in a home receiving electric service from Central Electric Cooperative. 
  2. Completed Youth Tour application. Make sure to submit your 500-word essay with your application, see sub-bullet below for topic. Also make sure you attach an appropriate portrait (school or sport) style photo of yourself as required on the application. Click here to apply online. Click here to print an application. 
    1. 2019 Essay Topic: What are the benefits of an experience such as Youth Tour for a High School Junior?
  3. Applications and all application requirements must be received at CEC before Jan. 10, 2020. 


After You Apply

  1. You are required to attend the Youth Tour Selection Day at CEC on January 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. This is the day the finalists are selected. CEC can limit who will attend Selection Day in the event of an unmanageable amount of applicants. 
  2. At Selection Day you will take a brief exam testing your knowledge of the cooperative and you will be interviewed by CEC staff. Click here for general information about Youth Tour that may be included on the exam. 
  3. The finalists will be notified by Feb. 14. The selected students will not only be entitled to the trip to Washington, D.C., but will also be eligible for special scholarship opportunities in the future. One finalist will be chosen as CEC’s Youth Leadership Council (YLC) candidate. The YLC candidate will compete with other candidates for a chance to be the Pennsylvania YLC representative and to attend the 2021 NRECA annual meeting taking place in San Diego, CA February 18-24, 2021. 


Requirements of Finalists

Finalists must attend the following events in 2020: 

  1. Youth Tour Orientation night on May 18* at 6 p.m. with your parent or guardian. 
  2. Youth Tour 2020: June 21-26 in Washington, D.C. 
  3. Two meetings of CEC’s board of directors; tentatively May 18* (6:30 p.m.) and July 20* (6:30 p.m.).
  4. CEC’s annual meeting on Aug. 21 at 4:30 p.m. 

* indicates tentative date and time



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