Rural Electric Youth Day/Youth To Washington Contest

High school juniors are invited each year to apply for great trips to Springfield and Washington, D.C.! Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative sponsors area students for the popular Rural Electric Youth Day in Springfield and the week-long Youth To Washington tour.

Three students were sponsored by RECC at the 2016 Illinois Youth Day program in April, touring the State Capitol, the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and other historic sites, and meeting with their state legislators. Two of those students were selected to attend the Youth To Washington trip in June, with about 1,700 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.

Our 2016 Youth To Washington winners:

Hannah Gudgel,

Pawnee High School

Lucas Motley,

Palmyra High School

The 2017 Youth Day program will be held March 29 in Springfield, and the Youth To Washing Tour will be June 9-16, 2107. Any junior attending a high school in RECC’s service area is eligible for these expense-paid programs. Information packets are sent to our local schools in January, and students can request application kits directly from the cooperative. The application includes a summary of the student’s school and civic activities and accomplishments, and a brief essay question pertaining to the rural electric program.

Tell your child, grandchild, neighbor or friend about these two super programs sponsored by your electric cooperative, and encourage them to apply. Don’t let them miss this chance to meet new friends, learn about our government and co-ops, and have fun!

To see a video and other information about the Youth To Washington Tour, go to www.youthtour.coop.