Co-op kids visit Tri-State before heading to Washington, D.C.

Tri-State’s Jonathan Thornton got the youth tour group up to speed on the basics of electricity.

A group of 24 Colorado high school students participating in this year’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour spent yesterday at Tri-State headquarters, learning about electric cooperatives, the electric utility industry and getting a general idea of how electricity is generated and transmitted.

Tri-State strategic communications specialist Jonathan Thornton organized and conducted the day’s events to help prepare the tour participants for their week-long experience in our nation’s capital.

“Stopping by Tri-State on their way to D.C. allows students to talk intelligently about the industry with the elected officials they’ll visit and gives them a better understanding of our complex business,” Thornton said.

Students in the tour group work together to build a model of an electric grid.

Every June since the late 1950s, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. Students apply and are selected for the program by their local electric cooperative, each of which has a different Youth Tour selection process.

Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in the program over the years. Some Youth Tour alumni have gone on to design airplanes, lead companies and serve in the highest ranks of our government, including the U.S. Senate.

The program allows students to experience our nation’s democratic principles up close and helps build the next generation of leaders in our communities.

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