Youth Tour 

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, held in Washington, D.C., typically hosts more than 1,800 high school students nationwide. The students who attend the Youth Tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the U.S. government.

The Youth Tour exists to:

  • Educate youth on all aspects of rural electrification to promote a better understanding of the value of rural electric cooperatives.
  • Provide an opportunity for youth to visit monuments, government buildings and cooperative-related organizations in order to become familiar with our country's historical and the political environment.
  •  Allow youth to meet elected officials to better understand how federal government operates.

Click on this link for more history on the Youth Tour:

Dates for the 2021 trip are June 20-26 and the deadline to apply is January 24. In order to apply, students must be a junior or senior at one of Central Electric's area schools. For more information, you can contact Ryley Osentoski at 919-708-1639 or by email at

*Note: trip is scheduled but is dependent upon future COVID policies.


 to apply for the 2021 Cooperative Youth Tour