Circle with US capitol building and Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

Applications Due: January 27th, 2023

Download the application here: 2023 Government-In-Action Youth Tour Application



To become a delegate, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in the 2019-2020 school year and 16 years old with a state-issued driver's license or ID.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian who is an HCEC member.
  • Submit an essay and application.

Two HCEC delegates will:

  • Tour historical sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Washington National Cathedral and much, much more!
  • Meet Local political representatives and learn more about our local and national governments.
  • Create lifelong friendships with students from all over Texas and the entire country!

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