Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Each year, PRECO sends two local high school juniors to represent the co-op on the prestigious “Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.”

Youth Tour brings more than 1,800 ambitious young people from across the country for an incredible week in the nation’s capital. Students discover American history, see how the U.S. political process works and learn about electric co-ops.

Participants are chosen through an essay contest in the spring of each year.

The Purpose of Youth Tour

  • 4 people stand with the Washington Monument in the backgroundEducates young people about rural electrification and provides a better understanding of the value of electric cooperatives
  • Students visit monuments, government buildings and cooperative-related organizations in order to become familiar with the historical and political environment of the nation’s capital
  • Provides an opportunity to meet elected officials in order to better understand how the federal government works

Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

The annual Youth Tour to Washington DC is held each year in June. After arriving, students have very little time to rest — there’s so much to do!

Some of the sights include:

  • The White House
  • The U.S. Capitol
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • National Cathedral
  • Washington Memorial
  • The Holocaust Museum
  • Mount Vernon
  • The Smithsonian Museums
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • and many other historical sites

Not all of the students’ time is spent touring. Students meet members of Congress from Florida, visit the headquarters of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, attend the Youth Day event and much more.

Only students attending a school listed below may apply

Brevard: Bayside High School
DeSoto: DeSoto High School
Hardee: Hardee High School
Highlands: Avon Park High School
Hillsborough: Durant High School, Lennard High School
Indian River: Vero Beach High School
Manatee: Braden River High School, Lakewood Ranch High School, Manatee School of the Arts, Palmetto High School, Parrish Community High School, Southeast High School
Osceola: Harmony High School
Polk: Fort Meade High School, Frostproof High School, Lake Wales High School, Mulberry High School
Sarasota: North Port High School
Homeschool students: Contact Peace River Electric Cooperative for more information

Learn more about the national Youth Tour program by visiting the YouthTour.coop. For more information about PRECO’s Youth Tour process, contact our Communications Department at 800-282-3824.