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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 junior or senior in high school in the fall of 2017
  • must be the dependent of a Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative member
  • Write a two-page double spaced essay on: There are approximately 20 million military veterans in the United States today.  How shall fellow U.S. citizens honor and look after these veterans, who have served and sacrificed on our behalf?  Describe any special connection you may have to a veteran or active-duty member of the military. 

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

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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