Youth Tour – Be Part of Something Powerful

DEADLINE: Deadline to apply for the June 12-18 2023 Youth Tour was January 13, 2023. 

Please check back this fall for the 2024 program information & application.

TO APPLY: Applicants must submit the online form below to apply for the program.

AND: Submit a one-page essay about why you’d be a good candidate to represent SDCEA on the Youth Tour and what you hope to gain from the experience. Please prepare your essay in advance to upload as a pdf prior to filling out the application.

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Attention high school students aged 16-19 as of June 1, 2023!

If your family gets its power from SDCEA and you have big dreams of seeing the country, if you like history, or want to shake hands with your member of congress, if you’ve never flown in a plane but want to travel, if you want to meet new people from Colorado and across the country, then applying for a chance to be selected to attend the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour is an opportunity for you!

The Washington, D.C. Youth Tour is a week-long all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by SDCEA and organized by the Colorado Rural Electric Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Colorado Electric Educational Institute. SDCEA covers all costs to participate in the program, including travel, lodging, and food. Participants are responsible for bringing extra money for items not covered in the tour, such as souvenirs.

This year’s 2023 Washington D.C. Youth Tour will be held June 12-18. Participants will spend the day in Denver, then leave for Washington D.C. early on June 13 and return June 18.

To be considered for the tour, Interested students must complete an application form and short essay on why they would be a good candidate to represent SDCEA on the Youth Tour, and what they hope to gain from the experience. To fill out an application form, please click on the link below.

Applications must be received through the online portal by 5 p.m. January 13, 2023 to be considered for the program.

Before you begin your application, please have these items ready:

  • A photo of yourself to upload – a high resolution .jpg is preferred
  • Your essay saved as a PDF to upload
  • A guardian to electronically sign the consent form if you are under age 18.