Youth Tour

The 2020 Youth to Washington Contest has been cancelled.

Unfortunately, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association had to cancel the 2020 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. due to the pandemic. Adams Electric Cooperative’s plan is to allow the juniors, who applied this year, to re-apply next year as seniors. Also, next year’s sophomores and juniors will be eligible to apply as usual.

In addition, if possible, we will have one additional winner in 2021. Obviously, if all cooperatives decide to have additional winners, there may be a limit to the number of students everyone can send. We will do our best to make this fair to students who worked so hard on their applications this year.

A little bit about the Youth Tour Program…

The Youth Tour contest is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Each year, we select 34 students based on applications to travel as a group to Springfield to attend Illinois Electric and Telephone Youth Day in the March or April. While in Springfield, we will meet with students from cooperatives across Illinois and visit various historical sites in Springfield.

At the conclusion of Youth Day, judges from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) will select two winners to represent each cooperative. One alternate will be named for each cooperative in case one of the winners is unable to attend.

The four local winners of Youth Day will spend one week in Washington, D.C. in June visiting places of historical interest, as well as members of Congress, and getting a firsthand view of our government in action. Students also learn more about the important role cooperatives play in our nation by organizing a Chip ‘N Pop Co-op on the tour bus.

2021 will mark the 62nd year of the Youth to Washington program. Adams Electric Cooperative has been sending students to Washington, D.C. since 1959. Adams Telephone joined the program in 2004. Today, approximately 2,000 students from 42 cooperatives across the United States meet at our nation’s capital each summer.

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Former Winner List

View a list of our former winners since 1959.

Youth Tour Photos

View photos from the 2019 Youth Day on the Smug Mug link below.

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* The video above was created by Trevor Sandidge of Basco, IL, who represented McDonough Telephone Cooperative on the 2016 Youth to Washington Tour. He did an amazing job on this video! Be sure to check it out!