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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 junior or senior in high school in the fall of 2016
  • must be the dependent of a Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative member
  • Write a two-page double spaced essay on: 'Democracy is the foundation of our American way of life and of cooperative enterprise.  The fundamentals of democracy include voter participation, political party affiliation, and public debate of issues.  Describe what you think makes our current democracy strong, and provide suggestions for ways our democracy can be made stronger and more effective.'

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

Email entries to or mail to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, 14051 Highway 13, Milnor, ND 58060-9700.

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