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Youth Tour

What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

The 2021 Youth Tour - Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Youth Tour for Iowa has been cancelled.

Each year Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative sponsors two students to go to Washington, DC to visit our Nation's Capital. The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives in Des Moines coordinates the Youth Tour. Lyon REC will provide an all expense paid trip for two high school juniors in Lyon REC's service area.  Parents do not need to be members of Lyon REC, just that they reside in our service area.  Tests are given in local area schools to determine the winners.  Please encourage your child to participate.  Contact the Guidance Counselor in your school for information on the Youth Tour.