Each year, more than 1,800 exceptional high school students from across the country are selected to participate the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. While in D.C., participants will have a chanceYouth Tour to meet with North Carolina’s elected officials and discuss the critical issues back home, learn about the cooperative business model, and visit historic monuments, memorials, and various Smithsonian museums.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has grown into an invaluable program that gives young leaders an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Co-op officials and past Youth Tour participants say: Youth Tour is the perfect way for students to grow as young leaders in one of the world’s most influential places.

In addition to a trip to Washington, DC, Youth Tour participants are eligible to apply for several college scholarships available only to Youth Tour participants.

CCEC will send two high school students to our nation's capital to participate in Youth Tour  June 15-21, 2024. The 2024 application period has closed.

The 2024 Youth Tourist will be announced in March.

The Youth Tour delegate will be selected based on the completion of an application and a short essay. Current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors living in a home served by the cooperative are eligible to apply.

Applications for the 2025 Youth Tour will be available in August. 

Please contact Communications Director, Melissa Glenn, at 252.727.2221 or melissag@ccemc.com with any questions.