Youth Tour is an annual, week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June each year. REC annually sponsors three high school juniors from schools within its service territory. The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), and 25 of Oklahoma's 27 electric distribution cooperatives. Students travel with the Oklahoma delegation (70 + students) to our nation's capital where they tour historic sites and national landmarks, meet Oklahoma's congressional delegation and much more. Youth Tour has earned a reputation as "a trip of a lifetime" by former participants. In addition to the three finalist selected to attend Youth Tour, another three will be selected to attend Cooperative Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
THE CONTEST. The Youth Tour competition consist of writing an original speech of 600 to 800 words on a topic provided by the Cooperative. If selected has one of REC's six finalists, give your original speech during REC's Youth Banquet to determine which trip the finalist will win.
PRESENTATION TOPIC. Write or find a quote pertaining to the electric industry and explain how the quote relates to the industry. For example, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said during the Rural Electrification Act: "We as a nation are moving steadily and surely towards a better way of living for all of our people. This electrification project is a symbol of our determination to attain that objective."
Six finalists will be chosen and will be required to attend REC's Youth Banquet in March. The Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. will be mid-June.
HOW TO ENTER
- High School Junior
- Write an original speech of 600 to 800 words on topic provided.
- Speech must be typed and double-spaced on 8 1/2" X 11" paper
- Complete the entry form.
- No name should appear on the essay, but must be included on the entry form along with school name, teacher's name and contact information.