Washington Youth Tour


Once a year, Coastal Electric Cooperative selects six high school students to represent the co-op as delegates for the Washington Youth Tour on an all-expenses paid trip to D.C. The 2017 tour will be June 8-15.

Our 2017 application deadline has past.
Applications are now being evaluated. Applicants selected for interviews will be notified by March 2nd. Six winners will be announced March 16th

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.

This year the tour will be June 8-15.

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 2016 videos and view our image gallery to learn more about the program.


The deadline to submit an application for 2017 has past. Winners will be announced March 16th.