Two local teenagers will experience firsthand the epic sights of our nation’s capital during the Youth To Washington trip set for June 10-17. RECC will select two winners of this trip through our annual Youth Day/Youth Tour Contest.
Juniors at area high schools can enter the contest by attending the Illinois Rural Electric Youth Day program in Springfield on Wednesday, April 13. Up to 10 students will be sponsored at Youth Day by RECC, touring the Capitol and other historic sites, and meeting with their state legislators. Two of those students will be selected to attend the Youth To Washington trip with over 1,000 young people from around the country.
RECC sponsors these trips to encourage students to learn more about our government’s operation and about electric cooperatives.
Any junior attending a high school in RECC’s service area is eligible for these expense-paid programs. Application request forms have been sent to our local schools, or students can contact our office. You can request an application kit on the form below. We will mail an application form and background information to help in the essay question about co-ops. The application form includes a summary of the student’s school and civic activities and accomplishments, and a brief essay question pertaining to the rural electric program.
Interviews during Youth Day
After the Youth Day activities in Springfield, the students will have individual interviews to select two winners for the trip to Washington, D.C. They will be judged on their written application, personal poise and confidence, and demonstrated understanding of the rural electric program. The two winners will travel by bus from Springfield to Washington this summer, in one of the best-recognized youth programs in the nation’s capital.
Applications must be returned to RECC by March 18, and the students selected for the Illinois Youth Day program will be notified by March 22 so that they can arrange their school schedules around the trip. Transportation will be provided from Auburn to Springfield and back.
About 60 Illinois students will travel with chaperones to Washington in June.