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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 sophomore or junior in high school

* be the dependent of a Northern Plains Electric Cooperative member

* Write a two-page double spaced essay answering:


This years essay question:

                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?


The deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2019.  Email entries should be directed to and hard-copy entries mailed to:

Youth Essay Contest

Northern Plains Electric Cooperative

P.O. Box 608

Cando, ND 58324

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