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Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 safety measures and restrictions, Coastal Electric Cooperative will unfortunately not solicit applications for a 2021 Washington Youth Tour trip. Instead, the 2020 winning delegates, whose scheduled tour was canceled, will have the option to participate in a virtual leadership experience this summer. Thank you for your understanding!

About the Program

In the summer before their senior year, students join hundreds of their peers from across the country – all-expenses paid – for an incredible week in our nation’s capital. The tour is a fast-paced leadership opportunity to see what makes America tick.

Plus, each of those chosen earn a $1,000 cash scholarship.

The Washington Youth Tour, sponsored nationally by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and statewide by Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC), is a jam-packed backstage pass to Washington, D.C.

It offers rising high school seniors – students currently juniors – an unforgettable leadership experience in our nation’s capital. It’s free!

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given 1,650 students in Georgia and more than 40,000 students nationwide the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

Please share with students who may be interested.

Video & Image Gallery

Watch our video and image gallery to learn more about the program.

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