Youth Tour

Independence. History. Government. Friendship. These are just a few things learned and gained by students attending the National Rural Electric Cooperative (NRECA) Washington D.C. Youth Tour in June. 

2019 Youth Tour delegates

Nearly 1,800 high school students come together for this all-expenses-paid trip in June. We send up to two delegates to represent MEC on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Candidates are selected based on their application and their participation at our Meet MEC event, a hands-on educational experience held at our headquarters in Cassopolis, MI. 

During the trip, the Michigan students tour the Civil War battleground in Gettysburg, PA on their motorcoach drive to D.C. Once in the capital, they visit several national monuments and museums, witness the changing of the guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and meet with local representatives on Capitol Hill. To round out the week’s activities, they typically attend a musical and/or a Washington Nationals baseball game.  

We are looking for two current high school sophomores and juniors, whose families receive MEC electric service,  to represent us as part of the Michigan delegation, June 20-25, 2020. 

Our top applicants will be required to participate in a hands-on educational experience with MEC employees on Friday, March 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The day will start at our headquarters in Cassopolis where attendees will learn about MEC, hear about careers in the industry and see first-hand what it means to be part of an electric cooperative. Then we will move to an offsite location nearby for a team-building activity. After getting to know participants during MEC day, we will select up to two students to go on Youth Tour.  

Please note: children of MEC employees are not eligible to apply.

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