Thirty four high school students from across Iowa traveled to Washington, D.C. on June 10-16 to join more than 1,600 other students from around the nation for the 2016 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Access Energy Cooperative sent two students on this trip from southeast Iowa. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been giving high school students the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. for over 50 years.
“The Youth Tour is the highlight of the summer for many students from Iowa, and we’re proud to send 34 of our best and brightest to Washington, D.C. this year to participate,” said Shelly York, Iowa Youth Tour Director. “These students gained a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and made connections with others from across the country that will last a lifetime.”
Shea Dahlstrom of Packwood and Cody Lee of Burlington, were selected selected to represent Access Energy Cooperative and southeast Iowa on the 2016 Youth Tour on June 10-16. The event was an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. by Access Energy Cooperative.
Students on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour participated in leadership training, engaged in one-on-one conversations with elected officials, jump started their national peer network, learned about electric cooperatives and toured Washington, D.C.
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for the past 50 years. Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. Nearly 50,000 students have participated in this program.