NRECA Youth Tour 2020

Published on Friday, January 10, 2020 in Community

Students in front of US Capitol

High school sophomores and juniors whose families receive electric service from Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) are invited to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. as part of this summer’s National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour, June 20-25.  The students will join about 1,800 youth from electric co-ops all over the country.

MEC’s student representatives will meet up with other Michigan electric cooperative delegates in Portland for orientation, then board a motor coach for D.C. They will stop to tour the Civil War battlegrounds in Gettysburg. While in Washington they will tour various monuments and memorials, explore several museums of the Smithsonian Institution, witness the time-honored changing of the guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and visit with Michigan legislators on Capitol Hill.

“Youth Tour is one of many rich traditions within the electric cooperative movement, and an experience that impacts and inspires young leaders,” says Patty Nowlin, vice president of corporate communications at MEC. “It’s a meaningful way that we can inspire future co-op and community leaders and leave a lasting and memorable impression on their lives.”

Interested students should complete the online application at by Feb. 28. MEC will select up to four candidates to participate in a hands-on educational experience at our Cassopolis headquarters on Friday, March 13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Based on the application and interactions that day, we will select two students to represent MEC on the tour. MEC covers all travel and tour expenses.