The Jefferson Memorial at night. A tour of the U.S. Capitol and a visit with a senator. A boat ride along the Potomac River. The solemn Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A walk through Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home. The Apollo 11 spacecraft at the National Air and Space Museum. Dorothy’s ruby slippers at the American History Museum. A rose lying at the foot of “The Wall”, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. New friendships that could last a lifetime.

These are just a few of the sites you can see and experiences you can have during the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Each year, 44 high school juniors from around the state are selected by their local electric cooperatives to attend the all-expense-paid, week-long trip to the nation’s capital.

Each spring, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative selects two high school juniors to attend this tour during the month of June. The winners are selected through an essay/video contest. Applicants must be high school juniors and members of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative.

The Arkansas group travels to Washington via a chartered motor coach and returns to Little Rock by air. Once in Washington, the students join about 1,500 students from across the nation who are attending the tour.

Why do we do this? The answer is simple. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are committed to their members and to the communities they serve. Through the Youth Tour, we are helping Arkansas’ youth learn more about the workings of their nation’s government and the electric cooperatives, as well as develop leadership skills.

For more information, contact Member Services at (800) 468-2176.

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Don’t miss out on this incredible, life-changing opportunity.

It’s a trip of a lifetime!

Washington Youth Tour Application

  • Please fill out the form entirely. Items marked with a red asterisk are required. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018. Applicants must be high school juniors and their parents/guardians must be members of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative.
  • Tell us why you would be a good youth tour representative in 250 words or less.