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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country 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 electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

To enter, students must:

  • be a junior or senior in high school in the fall of 2018
  • must be the dependent of an active Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative member
  • Write a two-page double spaced essay on: Electric cooperatives are member-owned and controlled.  As a future member-owner of your cooperative, describe ways that smart technologies and social media might be used to communicate with young adults.  How might they be used to increase awareness and interest in the many career opportunities with electric cooperatives?

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2019

Email entries to or mail to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, 14051 Highway 13, Milnor, ND 58060-9700.

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