Youth Programs

Local high school sophomores or juniors may apply to take part in our Youth Day program where they will visit the state capitol building in Springfield, IL in March.  There, students will take part in the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day along with young representatives from other cooperatives across Illinois.  They will visit government offices, meet with their elected representatives, listen to speeches on topics of the day, and visit various historical sites in our capital city.  Youth Day 2024 will be Wednesday, March 20, 2024. 

At the conclusion of Youth Day, judges from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) will select two winners and one alternate to represent Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative during the Youth to Washington Tour in Washington, D.C.   Students do not have to be interested in attending Washington trip in order to participate in Youth Day at the capitol.  

Youth to Washington winners 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.  Youth to Washington Tour 2024 will take place June 15-22, 2024. 

Both the Youth Day and Youth to Washington trips are chaperoned by adults and are expense free for students

Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative has been sending students to Washington, D.C. for decades. Today, approximately 2,000 students from 42 cooperatives across the United States meet at our nation’s capital each summer.  Visit for more details.   

Click here for more information about Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative.  You can also visit our national association, NRECA, at for 

Youth day application may be found below–please contact Julie Waghorn at 217-438-6197 with any questions

DEADLINE: Youth Day deadline is February 7th,  2024

Illinois Youth Day participants 2023
Youth to Washington Winners 2023--Kade & Lillian
Thank you for your interest in Youth Day and Youth to Washington! Unfortunately, our deadline for application submittal has passed. Please look for applications to open again January 2025.

Safety Demonstration for Students and Youth Groups

A table-top High Voltage Safety Demonstration is provided free of charge for schools and community groups in our area. While plugging in to an ordinary 120-volt outlet, the display puts 10,000 volts of sizzling power through the lines, and draws electrical arcs up to a half inch long.

The importance of being aware of overhead and underground electric wires is taught, with several examples of accidents that can happen and how to avoid them.

Presentations can be tailored from 30 to 60 minutes, and are best suited for groups of less than 30. Call our Member Service department at 217/438-6197 to discuss a program for your group!