NRECA Youth Tour Partnership

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For the second year, generationOn has partnered with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to support participants of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour as they make their mark on their local communities through volunteer service projects.

Youth Tour participants will be supported with project ideas, resources and $500 service project grants:

  • $500 grants (one per state available) for a Youth Tour participant to do a local service project (application open June 17-July 17).
  • Project ideas, stories of past grantees and service tracking available on the generationOn website.

Get Started!

  1. Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.
  2. Find service project ideas here.
  3. Be inspired by projects completed by the 2014 Youth Tour grantees here.
  4. Learn more and apply for the $500 grant here. Grant application is open June 17-July 17, 2015.

Grant Timeline

  • June 17-July 17: Grant application period open.

  • August 3: Grant winners notified.

  • August 14: Grant winners' acceptance paperwork due back to generationOn.

  • September 1: Grant winners announced.

  • September 11: Checks sent to partner organizations of grant winners.

  • October 5-December 31: Grant winners conduct service projects.

  • January 15, 2016: Grant winners submit reports on their projects.


About the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Each June, more than 1,500 students from across America take part in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour experience.  Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. While on the tour, students are able to see their nation's capital up close, learn about the political process, and directly interact with their elected officials.

The featured speakers during Youth Day provide insight into the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their Representative and Senators.

Since the creation of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program, nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program. Some of  Youth Tour alumni have gone on to design airplanes, lead companies and serve in the highest ranks of our government. Don't be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide or a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill! While several of our alumni work in Washington, you will find even more alumni in your own community.

If you want to be part of this fun (free!) week in Washington, please contact your local electric cooperative for additional information.