Why do electric cooperatives bring high school students to Washington? Because it is important to learn about the political process to interact with your government.
In the summer before their senior year, our local delegates will join hundreds of other students from across the country - all-expenses paid - for an incredible week in our nation's capital. The tour is a fast-paced leadership opportunity to see what makes America tick.
Crawford Electric and the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives sponsor this program. To compete, high school juniors submit a short essay on a selected topic. Nine finalists are invited to a selection event in the spring where they demonstrate co-op knowledge and are interviewed by independent judges. The top three finishers become Crawford Electric's Youth Tour delegates to Washington; the six runners-up are invited to Missouri's CYCLE conference.
In June, on the Youth Tour to Washington our delegates join winners from 39 states to network and learn about our nation's capital.
The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to "send youngsters to the nation's capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents."
For more about Missouri's Youth Programs, click here.