YOUTH TOUR

What Is Youth Tour?

The Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Youth Tour is to foster students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; educate students about the role of electric cooperatives in the national economy; expand their understanding of cooperatives as a business model; introduce students to the cooperative principles and understanding the value of rural electrification; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; build students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities; and reward students for academic achievement and community leadership.

 

Youth are the future. Impacting the lives of the youth of today is extremely important to the cooperative community. The mission of the Youth Tour sponsored by local electric cooperatives across the United States is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders. Rather, today's teenagers also need an opportunity to experience government first-hand by visiting the nation's capital, meeting their Representative and Senators and engaging in interactive workshops and discussion.

 

By educating our high school students and enhancing their self-worth, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative hopes to promote and inspire responsible and informed participation in the democratic process - in essence, ensuring a stronger future for everyone.

Youth Tour Delegates Visit US Capitol

Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour delegates (L-R) Kai Rogers, Emily Baalman, Clare Citrowske, Kacie Francois, Leo Kniffen and Justin Rice visit the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Read more...

Cuivre River Electric’s 2016 Youth Tour delegates are (L-R) Justin Rice of Warrenton HS, homeschool student Emily Baalman, Leo Kniffen of Warrenton HS, homeschool student Clare Citrowske, Kai Rogers of Winfield HS and Kacie Francois of Timberland HS. The delegates will travel to Washington, D.C. June 10-16 to attend the National Youth Tour Conference.

Youth Tour Winners Announced

“Voluntary and Open Membership” is the cooperative principle that won the hearts of most finalists in Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s 48th Annual Youth Tour Final Competition on April 20. Read more...

Youth Tour Delegate Daily Blog

Youth Tour delegates will be in Washington, D.C. from June 11-16, 2016. Follow their experiences, comments, and pictures from their daily adventures in and around our Nation’s Capital. Read more...

2016 YOUTH TOUR NEWS RELEASES

Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Delegates Visit U.S. Capitol

Washington, D.C. – One-hundred and three high school juniors from Missouri participated in the 53rd anniversary of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 10-16. Local delegates were Emily Baalman, Dardenne Prairie; Clare Citrowske, O’Fallon; Kacie Francois, Wentzville; Leo Kniffen, Warrenton; Justin Rice, Truesdale; and Kai Rogers, Winfield. They were sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC), Troy. Read more...

 

Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Winners Announced

“Voluntary and Open Membership” is the cooperative principle that won the hearts of most finalists in Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s 48th Annual Youth Tour Final Competition on April 20. Twelve local students presented their essays touting “My Favorite Cooperative Principle” with judges and guests attending the event. Read more...

 

Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Finalists Announced

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) is proud to announce the twelve area high school juniors who have been selected as the CREC Youth Tour finalists. They are Rebecca Purcell of Francis Howell North HS, Sarah Turner of Lutheran HS, Kacie François and Richard Schneider of Timberland HS, Anna Chandler, Leo Kniffen and Justin Rice of Warrenton HS, Karley Kaimann, Kai Rogers and Abigail White of Winfield HS, and homeschool students Emily Baalman and Clare Citrowske. Read more...

2016 YOUTH TOUR MATERIALS
Youth Tour Contest Begins: February 1, 2016

The Power of Cooperative Principles. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CREC) invites high school juniors of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties to participate in the Youth Tour essay contest. "My Favorite Cooperative Principle" is the essay topic chosen for students who enter the competition which begins February 1.This is Cuivre River's 48th annual contest to select high school juniors to serve as delegates to the National Youth Tour in Washington, D. C. June 10-16, 2016. "Youth Tour is our opportunity to share co-op values with a new generation," Communications Specialist Lonnie Tucker says of the national program, which will celebrate its 52nd birthday this year. Youth Tour News Release Contest Begins


2016 Youth Tour Essay Contest Application

This is it! Cuivre River Electric's Official Youth Tour Essay Contest Application. Everything a high school junior living in the Cuivre River Electric service area (Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties) needs to know about entering the 2015 Youth Tour Essay Contest. The topic for the essay contest is "The Power of Cooperative Principles." Official contest rules, important dates, judging criteria and resources are provided on this application. Student compositions must include a completed Official Youth Tour Essay Contest Application upon submission of their entry into the contest. Get application...


2016 Youth Tour Research and Study Guide

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to offer the Youth Tour Research and Study Guide to students looking for cooperative information to use in their composition. The Youth Tour Research and Study Guide contains 11 pages of cooperative information highlighting cooperatives and your community, the history of rural electrification, important dates, energy terms and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative facts. The perfect tool when crafting your 500-1,000 word essay for the 2015 Youth Tour Contest. Get research and study guide...

 

Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour. The Electric Cooperative Story Video.

"The Electric Cooperative Story" Video. Looking for some help with your Youth Tour essay? What is a cooperative? What are cooperative principles? What makes a cooperative different? Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to present “The Electric Cooperative Story” video. This incredible video is provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and features a fast-action hand-drawn guide to the history, structure, and purpose of rural electric cooperatives. The perfect resource for your 500-1,000 word Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour composition. See video...

YOUTH TOUR DELEGATE HISTORY

Youth Tour Program Origin & History

Senator Lyndon Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the NRECA Annual Meeting in Chicago in 1957. The Senator declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." Read more...


Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Delegates: 1964-Present Day

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to sponsor the Youth Tour. Since 1964, Cuivre River Electric has selected 210 students to represent our cooperative, and the Missouri State Cooperatives, at the National Youth Tour Conference in Washington, D.C. More than 53,000 high school juniors and seniors sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives have participated in the Youth Tour since the educational leadership program began. The names of the Cuivre River Youth Tour Delegates, and their high schools, are listed below and forever linked to our history and commitment to the Cooperative Principle: Education, Training and Information. Read more...



WHAT YOUTH TOUR DELEGATES SAY



The Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. Not to mention... Have fun!


I've never experienced anything quite as remarkable as Youth Tour. I had such an incredible time throughout the process, from the essay to the trip to DC. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with other teens from across the state and the country, all while learning more about my local electric cooperative. I would highly recommend the Youth Tour!

Alexa Jones 2015 Youth Tour Delegate Francis Howell HS

Attending the Youth Tour was such an unforgettable experience. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to the Cuivre River Electric for providing me the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and learn all about our nation first hand. I had such a wonderful time making new friends with students from all across the United States. The Youth Tour is incredible!

Jessica Hoelting 2015 Youth Tour Delegate Troy Buchannan HS

In my life, I never believed it would be possible to go to Washington, D.C. and experience everything it had to offer. Visiting the historic monuments and museums with my new friends was extraordinary. The gift that I was awarded to participate and represent Cuivre River Electric and Missouri at the National Youth Tour Conference is one that I’ll never forget!

Hannah Baalman 2015 Youth Tour Delegate Home School