Youth Tour contest now open

Youth Tour contest now open


Entries are now being accepted for the 50th Annual Youth Tour contest, which will culminate with six finalists traveling to Washington, D.C., this summer.

The contest is open only to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River Electric’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes

The 2018 essay theme is “What Do Cooperatives Mean to My Community?” The deadline to enter is Friday, March 9.

Download an entry form

Cooperative Principle Information Sheet and Cuivre River Electric Examples

Watch a slideshow from the 2017 trip

Entries remain anonymous during preliminary judging by Cuivre River staff. The 12 top-scoring essays are selected as finalists and will attend the final competition scheduled for Wednesday, April 11. Finalists will take a cooperative knowledge quiz and make an oral presentation of their essay.

The top six finalists will be selected as Youth Tour delegates. The other six finalists will receive $500 scholarships.

This year’s National Youth Tour will take place June 8-14. The seven-day youth tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today’s pressing issues. Missouri’s youth tour delegates will visit with representatives from their congressional districts and tour famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and Arlington National Cemetery.

Cuivre River Electric fully funds the participation of its delegates. There is no cost to students or families.

Teachers who support the Youth Tour program and submit at least 10 student entries receive a $50 classroom grant from CREC.

Since 1964, Cuivre River has sponsored over 200 youth tour delegates for visits to Washington, D.C. More than 53,000 high school students sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives have participated in the youth tour since the educational leadership program began. For more information about the Youth Tour program, contact Tim Schmidt at 800.392.3709, ext. 4837 or by email at

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