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Community Involvement - Youth Tour (June 11-20, 2014)

2014 Youth Tour Form - Deadline February 14, 2014

Avery and Sean at the Capital

Each year, Farmers Electric Cooperative sponsors at least two outstanding high school students to attend the Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., hosted by the National Rural Cooperative Association. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors, who live in the 12 county area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, have a chance to compete for this once in a lifetime experience.

Previous Youth Tour Winners

2008 Winners
2009 Winners
2010 Winners
2011 Winners
2012 Winners
2013 Winners


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This educational program allows our state's future leaders to join other teens from across the nation in open discussions with government officials and other professionals about the important events of the day. Students will learn how a cooperatively-structured business is distinguished from other forms of business enterprises, and how co-ops impact our lives on a daily basis.

The trip will include a visit to Capitol Hill where students will have the opportunity to meet their Congressman, as well as tours of the monuments, memorials and other historical sites. Some of the many places they will see include: Mount Vernon, home of George Washington, the National Cathedral, the Smithsonians. Students will also get to compete for the chance to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Who is Eligible for the Youth Tour?
The contest is open to any high school student who will have completed his/her sophomore year by June of 2013 and is currently living in our 12 county service area, which includes all or parts of Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Hopkins, Delta, Franklin, Fannin, VanZandt and Wood.

How Can I Apply?
Students interested in competing for the Youth Tour should complete the following:

  • 2014 Youth Tour Form, Two letters of recommendation from a current teacher, principal, church leader employer, etc.
  • A recent headshot photo (school pictures are acceptable) and a completed photo release form.
  • Submit an original 2 to 3 minute video on Electricity. It can be about how it affects your life, the history, the future, energy efficiency.... The video will be judged on content and originality, so don’t worry if you are not Stephen Spielberg or James Cameron. Videos can be sumitted on a DVD or a USB flash drive and must be either a WMV or MOV format.

Fill out the application and mail the complete packet to:
Farmers Electric Cooperative - Youth Tour
Attention: Nancy Runge
108 West Marble
Wylie, TX 75098

Deadline is Friday, February 14,  2014

If you have any questions, contact Nancy Runge at: nrunge@farmerselectric.coop

Youth Tour Video