For the past two years, the NRECA Youth Tour to Washington D.C. has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is still uncertainty around this event, it seems that there is renewed interest and a cooperative determination to make the Youth Tour happen this year. The commitment remains to inspire our next generation of leaders. Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperative. PEC alone has sent 101 students since 1964.
Trip of a Lifetime
This summer Youth Tour delegates will represent electric co-ops from across the country in Washington, D.C. during the week of June 17 through 23. They will learn about the cooperative business model and a full week of sightseeing.
The thrill-packed days typically include a visit with the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation, tour of Mount Vernon, a boat trip on the Potomac River, and all the major monuments. Without a doubt, Youth Tour has grown into an invaluable program that gives young Americans an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Your Ticket Awaits
This month, we begin the process to select three local students to attend Youth Tour 2022. PEC’s Youth Tour contest is open to ALL 11th grade students enrolled in a school (or homeschool) system located in one of the 11 counties served by PEC. Representatives from PEC visit with interested juniors at their schools during January and February.
PEC selects the winners from students who take a written test over materials about rural electrification. Study materials furnished by the Cooperative are available for download at www.PeoplesElectric.coop or they can be mailed upon request. Local high schools will be given the opportunity to participate as a host testing site.
At the conclusion of testing, an invitation will be extended to the students receiving the top 10 scores on the test in order to compete in an interview competition. The top ten students participate in final judging at PEC’s headquarters in Ada. A panel of judges will select the winning delegates based on the students’ subject knowledge, originality, appearance, and personality.
2022 Oklahoma Youth Tour participants will be expected to observe protocols as required by travel and hotel agencies and/or venues visited while on the trip and provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours of registration (June 17, 2022).