Washington Youth Tour

Calling all rising seniors within the Edisto Electric service area: It’s time to begin preparing for the annual Washington Youth Tour. Every year, about 1,500 delegates from 39 states are sponsored by local electric cooperatives to attend a week long all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Edisto Electric Cooperative will sponsor two high school juniors to attend the youth tour, explore the D.C. area, meet other participants, or delegates, from across the country, and learn more about and promote electric cooperatives.

Contestants must submit an application to the cooperative by the second Friday in March as well as participate in an interview with the cooperative. Finalists will be announced by a panel of judges once all interviews have been completed.

Aside from touring and promoting cooperatives, the winners, whom we call delegates, attend dances and river cruises, dine at culturally unique restaurants, and make new friends with whom many past delegates report they still keep in touch.

This year’s Washington Youth Tour takes place the second week in June. Participants may begin applying in December of every year. To get an application or more information about Youth Tour, contact your school’s guidance counselor, or Brian Hefner at Edisto Electric Cooperative, at 1-800-433-3292.