What is Youth Tour?
The Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour is an annual leadership program sponsored by Buckeye Rural Electric. It's a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington,D.C., that gives exceptional high school students the opportunity to meet with their congressional leaders at the U.S. Capitol, make new friends from across the state and country, and see many of the famous Washington sights.
Electric cooperatives from 43 states will send about 1,600 students this year for the annual tour. Will you be one of the two BREC sends?
To apply for the Youth Tour:
- must be a high school sophomore or junior.
- must be a son, daughter or legal ward of a BREC member living on the co- operative’s lines and receiving electric service from the cooperative at the time of selection.
- must submit an application from the BREC website, www.buckeyerec.coop/youthtour, along with grade transcripts indicating cumulative credit hours and grade- point average.
- must also submit a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, princi- pal, teacher or community or organizational advisor.
Applicants will be required to take a test consisting of true/false and short essay questions about rural electrification.
Application deadline is March 10
Applicants can find the information necessary to study for the test by reading “The
Cooperative Difference" found on here!.
For more information and to apply, visit www.buckeyerec.coop/youthtour or call
BREC at 740-379-2080.
Alaina Brown, the daughter of Thomas and Lisa Brown, of Kitts Hill, experienced the 2016 Youth Tour. Here’s what she thought of the trip in her own words:
“When I first learned about the program, I was unsure about whether to apply. I'd never been on a trip without my family, and a week seemed like a long time. As soon as we got on the bus, I was already homesick. But a few hours into the long bus ride, I was already beginning to feel more comfortable. The first stop in Gettysburg was not only informative, it was extremely cool. The tour guide was great, and though I'm not typically interested in history, I can definitely say I had a good time. By the time we got to D.C, I had already made new friends. As soon as we got settled we jumped right into the tour. D.C has so many landmarks and activities, and we managed to see many of them. I really enjoyed seeing all the different monuments and memorials. My favorite part of the trip was when we went to Madame Tussauds wax museum! The amount of time and effort that must have been put into organizing this trip is phenomenal. I am very appreciative that I was able to be a part of the trip. I forgot all about being homesick and was sad when the week was over. Definitely glad I decided to apply for this opportunity, and will remember the experience for the rest of my life!”