2019 YOUTH TOUR DATES
Montgomery Youth Tour: March 12-14
Washington Youth Tour: June 14-20
WHAT IS YOUTH TOUR?
The Rural Electric Youth Tour is a group of more than 1,800 high school students who visit Washington D.C., every June from all over America. They come because the people who led electric cooperatives believe education is important-educating about electric cooperatives and education about America.
Clarke-Washington EMC has been sending high school students from southwest Alabama to Youth Tour since the early 70s.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE?
Yes, high school juniors in the Clarke-Washington service area are able to compete. You do not have to be a member to go to Youth Tour.
HOW ARE THE PARTICIPANTS SELECTED?
Those interested in participating are required to write and essay and interview. All essays will be reviewed and the top essayist will be asked to come in for an interview. The top four essay winners will attend the Alabama Rural Electric Association’s Montgomery Youth Tour.
The top two winners will have the opportunity to join other students around Alabama an fly to Washington D.C. for an all expense paid, week long trip.
Students must research and submit an essay of 500 words or more on the topic below:
In 1936, REA (Clarke-Washington EMC) brought electricity to your rural area. Could this same model be applied today to bring broadband to your home? If so, how would you convince your neighbor to sign up?
Essay should be typed and will not be returned to students. Students should write their school name followed by the last four digits of their social security number or their student number on the front page of their essay, NOT their name. This allows for anonymity when judges review each essay.
Judges will select the top essayist to participate in the interview portion of the contest. Essay winners will then be notified.
Essays must be turned in at each participating school on: January 9, 2019
Interviews will be held at Clarke-Washington EMC’s office in Jackson on January 23, 2019. Please dress in business interview attire.
The top essayist will interview with a panel of judges who will challenge their knowledge of current events, the Youth Tour program, Clarke-Washington EMC, the electric cooperative industry and the communities where they live.
Interview questions will consist of questions about Clarke-Washington EMC, electric cooperatives, and current events. You may also be asked about school activities, family, and college or career plans. The judges will be considering the knowledge of cooperatives communication skills, poise, and appearance.
Always remember to speak up, do not chew gum during the interview, make eye contact with the judges, and be personable.