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Washington, DC Youth Tour


We are proud to have Kennedy Pratt represent Clay-Union Electric as one of more than 1,800 rural America’s best and brightest high-schoolers that will visit Washington, D.C., this month to learn about the political process, interact with elected officials and gain an up-close understanding of American history.


One area teen will travel to Washington, DC, June 7-14 for the 2018 Rural Electric Youth Tour. The applicants must be a high school sophomore or junior whose parents or guardians are Clay-Union Electric members. To apply, you must submit an essay, not to exceed 700 words, on the subject, "What is Clay-Union Electric to me?". All essays must be type-written and include a cover sheet that states the title of the essay, the entrant's name, their parent's name(s) and the school they attend. A current picture of the student must be attached to the essay. All essays must be submitted by 4:00 pm on March 16, 2018.

The DC Youth Tour is sponsored by Clay-Union Electric and is coordinated by the South Dakota Rural Electric Association (SDREA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). SDREA, based in Pierre, SD, is the statewide trade service organization for the electric cooperatives in South Dakota. NRECA, the Washington, DC based national trade organization, serves more than 900 rural electric systems.

The goals of the Youth Tour are to provide the opportunity for outstanding young people to: increase their understanding of the value of rural electrification; become more familiar with the historical and political environment of the nation's Capital through visits to monuments, government buildings and cooperative organizations; and visit elected officials in order to increase their knowledge of how the federal government works. The idea has continued to grow and today more than 1,700 young people and chaperones participate in the Youth Tour each year.

You can check out the Youth Tour Website at:

The week-long trip will take place June 7-14, 2018. Participants will have a mandatory orientation meeting prior to flying out of Omaha or Sioux Falls for Washington, DC. A commercial bus will be used for transportation while in Washington.



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