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About Youth Tour


Photo of Youth Tour participants at the U.S. Capitol


Youth Tour Facts

What: An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to tour national historic sites, experience cultural diversity, meet U.S. congressional representatives, and learn about electric cooperatives and the energy industry

Who: High school students and their peers from around the nation who have won contests at their local electric cooperatives

Why: Because then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, an advocate of rural electrification, suggested in 1957 “sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents”

Where: Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

When: 10 days in June

How: Students who win their electric co-op’s contest earn sponsorship valued at $3,265 for the trip, organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


Want To Go?
Find out how to apply at your electric cooperative


Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Commit to Youth Tour now and find out why generations of Texas teens have called this 10-day adventure the trip of a lifetime


Smithsonian Institution: By the Numbers
Known as “America’s attic,” the Smithsonian Institution brings Youth Tour teens face-to-face with history and culture for a full day


3 on 3
Previous participants answer 3 questions about their Youth Tour experiences


Youth Tour Game Board
Play to win the trip of a lifetime


Sample Itinerary
The itinerary is beyond the reach of the average tourist


Leadership Letters
Industry and government leaders discuss Youth Tour


These sponsors help electric cooperatives make the trip possible


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