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2018 "Youth to Washington" Contest

Click here to go to 2018 Youth to Washington Participation Form

Each summer, Electric Cooperatives in more than thirty states, send over 1,000 high school students to our nation's Capital to learn about government, cooperatives and rural electrification. The Electric Cooperatives of Illinois send over sixty of these students each summer and Clay Electric Cooperative sponsors three of these.

The 2018 tour marks the 59TH year that the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives have sent students to the nation's capital. We continue to believe in the young leaders of our country and feel that our investment in this program is a good one. We're proud of this tour and know that it is one of the most comprehensive youth tours of the nation's capital.

While in Washington, DC, students will have the opportunity to visit many historic sites; such as, the Civil War Battlefield in Gettysburg, George Washington's Home and Grounds, the Smithsonian Museums and others. They will also visit places like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Kennedy Center, the Bureau of Engraving and many other government buildings and offices. They will also spend time with many of our legislators that represent us in Washington. There is even time for a dance and a cruise on the Potomac River.

You must be a High School junior, obtain your application from your Guidance Counselor, or person in charge of the Youth Tour at your High School, or download the form using the link above. Fill out the application, and return it by February 12th, 2018 to Clay Electric Cooperative.

"Youth Day" in Springfield is April 18, 2018. While in Springfield you will visit historic sites, and talk with some of your legislative leaders. There will be representatives chosen from each High School to represent their school and Clay Electric Cooperative.

The "Youth to Washington" Tour is June 8-June 15, 2018. Three of the students that attended "Youth Day" will be chosen to attend the "Youth to Washington" tour. Clay Electric will make the selection of the winners.