For more than 40 years, electric cooperatives have sponsored high school students from across America to visit the nation’s capitol and meet their members of congress as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative.
To kick off the event, Youth Tour participants from Tri-State’s Colorado service territory met in Denver last week to hear presentations on their G&T, facts about electricity’s affordability, participate in a group project building an electrical grid out of craft supplies and tour the Colorado State Capitol.
From Denver, the Youth Tour participants flew to Washington D.C., where they will spend the next week meeting and visiting with their representatives in the House and the Senate. Students will also visit historic sites, such as the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery and the Smithsonian.
The Colorado participants are sponsored by their local electric cooperatives and the trip is coordinated by the Colorado Rural Electric Association. For more information on the youth tour, visit www.youthtour.coop.