What do 1,500 high school students, our nation’s capital and electric cooperatives have in common? The Washington Youth Tour (WYT), of course!
WYT was established with one thought in mind – to inspire our next generation of leaders. Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperative.
This year, it all takes place June 8-15, when hundreds of electric co-ops across the country send participants to Washington, D.C. for a chance to learn about the cooperative business model and a full week of sightseeing.
While in D.C., participants have a chance to meet with their elected officials and discuss the issues that are important back home. Without a doubt, WYT has grown into an invaluable program that gives young Americans an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
In March, Blue Grass Energy will begin the interview process to select local students to attend the WYT. If you are a high school junior interested in traveling to Washington, D.C. to experience the trip of a lifetime, please complete the online application by clicking here. You can also ask questions about the WYT at this link or call 888-546-4243.
Perhaps you know of an exceptional student who would be a great candidate for the program. If you do, please share this article with them.
WYT is so much more than a sightseeing trip. Students have repeatedly shared that this experience has helped them grow into successful professionals. It has also benefited our local communities. Youth Tour participants return home with a deeper understanding and skill set of what it takes to be leader, and as a result, they put these skills to use right here in our community.
Help us find the next generation of leaders by sharing the Youth Tour experience with a promising student. The deadline to apply is March 9.