Rural Electric Youth Tour


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We know high school students can't wait to be independent and free, but college is another year away. We’ve got just the thing to satisfy them, and mom and dad will love it because it’s educational and won’t cost them a penny!
It’s called The Rural Electric Youth Tour, and it’s a leadership opportunity like no other! The Youth Tour gives high school students the opportunity to be recognized as an outstanding scholar, representing their local co-op and their school.

Typically, the chosen delegate travels to Washington, D.C. with nearly 50 other high school students from all over North Carolina. About 1,600 students from across the nation are there for the same purpose, too—to visit the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery and several memorials. The Youth Tourists learn about American history and the electric cooperative business model. 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, the 2021 in-person trip to Washington, D.C. has been canceled. We were hopeful that conditions would improve enough for students to travel, but the health risk to everyone involved is too great to move forward with an in-person trip. While this is certainly disappointing, our state and national organizations are actively planning for a virtual alternative to next year’s trip that promises high-quality programming with engaging activities, guest speakers, and more for next year’s Youth Tourists.

Regardless of how the student attends, this honor looks great on college applications. Students who are selected as Youth Tourist have several opportunities to apply for multiple college scholarships and other leadership roles.

We will post more information about 2021's virtual format when details become available. In the meantime, find out more information about the trip from a national perspective at Apply by January 15, 2021!


How to Apply

  1. Download the application.

  2. Complete all sections.

  3. Email the completed application by January 15, 2021 to or mail to:
    Nicole Arnold
    Randolph EMC
    PO Box 40
    Asheboro, NC 27204


2021 Youth Tour Application