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.

Unfortunately both the 2020 and 2021 Youth Day Programs and the Youth To Washington Tours were cancelled. Any junior attending a high school in RECC’s service area is eligible for these expense-paid programs. Information packets are emailed 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.

Six students were sponsored by RECC at the 2019 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 2019 Youth To Washington winners:

William Ryan

Rochester High School

Jocelyn Nester

Glenwood High School



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.