Youth Tour Contest Set
Two area high school students will win trip to nation’s capital June 12-21, 2019
No place in this country offers a better venue to see democracy in action and to learn what the U.S. flag stands for than Washington, D.C., and electric cooperatives should pave the way for youths to have such an experience. Lyndon B. Johnson made that statement in 1957 in Chicago as he addressed attendees at the annual meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Since that time, Texas electric cooperatives have adhered to that philosophy and have joined an orchestrated national movement among cooperatives in sponsoring trips to the nation’s capital for young students interested in witnessing government in action. United Cooperative Services has proudly played a local role in giving many area young people such an opportunity.
Known as the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, United will again sponsor a trip June 12-21 to Washington, D.C., via Austin, for two fortunate high school students. The two attendees are selected via a contest.
The objectives of the Youth Tour are three-fold:
1. To educate youth on all aspects of rural electrification in order to promote a better understanding of the value of rural electric cooperatives.
2. To provide an opportunity for youth to visit monuments, government buildings and cooperative-related organizations in order to become familiar with the historical and political environment of their nation’s capital.
3. To provide an opportunity for youth to meet elected officials in order to better understand how their federal government works.
This contest is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend a high school full-time in United’s service area. Each contestant must complete and submit an application, which can be filled out online at www.united-cs.com. The applicant is not required to be a member of United Cooperative Services.
Winners of any past Youth Tour are not eligible to enter and immediate family members of United employees or directors are not eligible to enter.
Applicants must submit two letters of reference (one of which must come from a current teacher, principal or counselor) by Feb. 8. The top applicants will be notified by Feb. 14 . These applicants will be required to submit a parental release form, which must be mailed directly to United. United’s two winners will be selected by an internal panel of judges on or before Feb. 22. Winners will be required to submit additional information online (link is external) by Feb. 28.