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Washington Youth Tour


During the seven-day Washington Youth Tour (WYT), which is scheduled for June 15-22, 2023, students from electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) throughout Georgia may have a chance to visit some of the most exciting tourist spots in our nation’s capital.

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Youth Tour was February 12.

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 $2,500 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 participate 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.