WHAT IS YOUTH TOUR?
The Rural Electric Youth Tour is a group of more than 1,600 high school students who visit Washington D.C., every June 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 since the early 70s. Goals of the program are to provide an 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 Capitol through visits to monuments, government buildings and museums;
- Visit elected officials to increase their knowledge of how the federal
AM I ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE?
The contest is open to all high school juniors in Clarke, Washington, Wilcox or Monroe counties, or if your parents/guardians are members of Clarke-Washington EMC, you are eligible to apply. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER.
HOW ARE THE PARTICIPANTS SELECTED?
Judges will review the essays and select the top two essayist from each school to participate in the interview portion of the contest. Essay winners will then be notified and given an assigned interview time. Interviews will be held at Clarke-Washington EMC’s new Jackson office at 9000 Highway 43.
Four students will be selected from the interview process to attend an all-expenses-paid trip to the Montgomery Youth Tour in March. They will also receive a $500 scholarship, courtesy of Clarke-Washington EMC.
Of those four, two students will be selected to be awarded an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., in June. Those two students will receive an additional $500 scholarship, courtesy of Clarke-Washington EMC.
Students must research and submit an essay of 500 words or more on the topic below:
How can electric cooperatives reach out
and engage with millennials or your peers
through social media? Research and
provide examples of what companies are
doing and best practices.
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 and applications must be submitted by 4:00 PM on January 15, 2020.
There are three ways students may apply.
- Online at cwemc.com in the link above.
- Drop off at the Jackson or Chatom office.
- Turn in application and essay to school counselor.
Interviews will be held at Clarke-Washington EMC’s office in Jackson on January 28, 2020. 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.
We ask that you dress in business attire. Listed are examples of what to wear.
GIRLS: Dress, pantsuit, dressy shirt with slacks. Skirts and dresses should be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. No strapless or spaghetti straps.
BOYS: Suit or dress slacks/khakis, button down, tie, and optional sports coat.
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.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT SARAH HANSEN AT 800-323-9081 OR S.HANSEN@CWEMC.COM