Youth Tour

Youth Tour


Youth Tour for 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19. 


2018 Youth Tour Participant, Kyle Poen


Calhoun County Electric Cooperative is proud to be offering this trip to all area High School Sophomores and Juniors in or near our service territory. The top three applicants will be asked to complete a face-to-face interview with cooperative staff in order to determine the winner of the trip. 

In addition to the trip, the winner will receive a $500 scholarship, payable upon the completion of the students first semester of secondary education. The 1st and 2nd runners up will each receive a $250 scholarship payable in the same manner. 

What is Youth Tour?

The Youth Tour has been bringing high school students to Washington D.C. for over 50 years every June. On the tour, students learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government and walk away with a greater understanding of their role as an American citizen. They participate in National Youth Day, visit with their representative and senators, and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. In Iowa, students apply for slots from their local electric cooperative. High school students with a passion for government and public service are encouraged to apply.

Approximately 35 high school students — those going into their junior year of high school through just-graduated seniors — are chosen by local electric cooperatives from across the state of Iowa. Each cooperative sets their own selection criteria, so find your local electric co-op from the list below for more details. The Iowa students join with approximately 1,800 other students from co-ops around the country for the national Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June.

Students are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative through the overall strength of the applicant. If you want to take advantage of this incredible leadership opportunity, contact your local rural electric cooperative or high school career center for additional information. 

Why do electric cooperatives send students to Washington, D.C., each year?

Giving back to the community and investing in the next generation of leaders is part of every electric cooperative’s mission.

Some of the things students will do and see on Youth Tour:

  • Washington Monument

  • World War II Memorial

  • Albert Einstein Memorial

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • The National Mall

  • Boat Cruise on the Potomac River

  • Holocaust Memorial

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

  • Ford’s Theater

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Washington National Cathedral

  • Mount Vernon

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parade

  • White House

  • U.S. Capitol Tour

  • Georgetown

  • Newseum