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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

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!

To enter, students must:

  • be a sophomore or junior in high school in the fall of 2019
  • must be the dependent of an active Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative member
  • Write a two-page double spaced essay on: If chosen as a Youth Tour delegate, you will travel to Washington, D.C. to experience and learn about America's rich history.  What moment in American history do you wish you had been a part of and what would you have contributed?
  • Youth Tour Essay Contest Information

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Email entries to or mail to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, 14051 Highway 13, Milnor, ND 58060-9700.

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