Youth Tour

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2015 Youth Tour is June 12-18

The Nebraska Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual, weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, that is open to high school students who have participated in the Youth Energy Camp. Nationwide, rural electric providers from 41 states participate. In all, more than 1,500 young people from across the nation gather in Washington, DC, each year for this event.

Member-systems of NREA send students to Washington, DC, for a variety of reasons including:

  • Educating students about the role of rural electric systems in the national economy;
  • Fostering students' appreciation for the democratic form of government;
  • Exposing students to the sights and sounds of our nation's heritage; and
  • Building students' leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their rural communities.

  • High school students who attend the energy camp have the opportunity to compete for a chance to participate as state ambassadors in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June of the following year. All ambassador expenses are paid by the Nebraska Rural Electric Association and through a scholarship provided by the Cooperative Finance Corporation. Three students are selected by their peers to serve as ambassadors.
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