2021 Youth Tour Competition

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Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have sent student delegates to Washington, D.C. for the annual Youth Tour, organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), to gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen. Jackson EMC began sending delegates in 1971.

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, Jackson EMC awarded four outstanding high school students with college scholarships. These scholarships were awarded in 2021 in lieu of a youth tour experience in Washington, D.C.

About the Youth Tour Competition

The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored nationally by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and statewide by the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation. More than 1,800 outstanding high school students from across the nation attend the tour for an incredible week in the nation's Capitol to develop their leadership and team building skills further.

As Georgia’s oldest leadership program for teens, the Washington Youth Tour teaches high school students about U.S. history, government and the importance of public service.

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson inspired the tour when he encouraged electric cooperatives to send students to the nation’s Capitol to see first hand what the flag represents.

Due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the youth tour experience in Washington, D.C. was cancelled in 2020 and 2021.

Application Process

The 2021 application process is closed. Details for the 2021-2022 school year will be available through high school leadership/guidance counselors’ offices and on Jackson EMC’s website.

The selection process begins with 45 high school guidance counselors and/or leadership educators in our service region selecting one student from each school to compete for one of four delegate positions.

Applicants should be successful in academics, engaged in extra-curricular activities and/or community service and have demonstrated leadership potential. Applicants are evaluated on short-answer and essay questions, as well as letters of recommendation.

A panel of business, community and university leaders will interview the top 10 finalists at the Jackson EMC corporate office in Jefferson. The competition is designed to reward well-rounded high school sophomores and juniors with leadership potential or experience in their schools and communities. Successful delegates have demonstrated poise, articulation, tenacity, and a heart for service.

For more information about Jackson EMC’s delegate selection, please contact us at youthtour@jacksonemc.com.