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What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

1,500 high school students are invited from across the country, every June, to spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role these cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour through your Victoria Electric Cooperative is a terrific way to learn about our great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Through this program, selected students will be responsible for representing the Victoria Electric Cooperative. Since the late 1950s, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought over 40,000 high school students to Washington D.C. to participate in this unique Youth Tour program. Students have an opportunity to visit museums, go on tours, and more importantly, gain an understanding of American history and their role as a citizen. Featured speakers during National Youth Day will provide insight into the vital roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Attendees will also get the chance to meet senators and representatives. The trip is organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and Texas Electric Cooperative (TEC). Students will be traveling with other electric coop students, along with a group of chaperones.

Learn more about the Texas Electric Cooperatives’ Government-in-Action Youth Tour. The application deadline is February 16, 2024.

For any additional information or if you have questions about the Youth Tour, please contact our VEC Marketing and Communications Department, at