The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. Victory Electric sponsors two 11th grade students from our district to travel to Washington D.C., every year.
The statewide Youth Tour directors (Kansas Electric Cooperatives) arrange the Kansas delegation's visits to our U.S. Representatives' and Senators' offices, federal agencies, and other educational and sightseeing activities. In addition to the planned statewide activities, the Youth Tour experience encompasses multi-state activities coordinated by NRECA.
For more information on the Washington, D.C. trip, click here.
Victory Electric also sponsors two students to attend Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, a week-long event in Steamboat Springs, Colorado developed by professionals to develop speaking skills, engage in leadership activities, learn about democracy and learn about the many facets of the electric industry, in particular the cooperative business model. Participants engage in development activities with 100 other attendees from high schools in Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming.
A gondola ride up Mt. Werner, a side trip to Fish Creek Falls, and a variety of attractions in Steamboat are all part of the festivities. Other trip highlights include a live raptor presentation, an insider’s tour of Craig Station; the largest coal fired electric generating plant in Colorado, and the Trapper Coal Mine.
Student for both trips are chosen based on three criteria: 1) Application and résumé 2) Letters of recommendation 3) Interview with judges.
For more information on the Youth Tour, click here.
Applications for 2019 Youth Tour trips are available here.