Youth Tour Program

The Rural Electric Youth Tour is a group of more than one thousand high school juniors who visit Washington D.C., every June, year after year from all over America. They come because the people who lead electric cooperatives believe education is important-education about electric cooperatives and education about America.

Clarke-Washington EMC has been sending high school students from Southwest Alabama to Youth Tour for decades. Clarke-Washington EMC’s Youth Tour contest is open to students in the eleventh grade. Students compete by writing an essay and interviewing with a panel of judges who challengetheir knowledge of current events, the electric cooperative industry and the communities in which they live. Two winners are chosen to participate in the Youth Tour events.

Contest winners will first attend the Alabama Rural Electric Association’s Montgomery Youth Tour and join other students representing electric cooperatives all over Alabama. This trip includes touring historic sites and meeting with state leaders.

Clarke-Washington EMC’s Youth Tour winners will join other students from rural electric cooperatives around Alabama, and fly to Washington D.C. for an all expense paid, week long trip every June


From left are: Margaret Bradford (Clarke Prep)-Montgomery winner; Hannah Prescott (Clarke Prep) – Montgomery winner; David Moorer (Millry) – Washington winner; Will Raybon (Jackson) – Washington winner

     Margaret Bradford Hannah PrescottDavid MoorerWill Raybon