Access Energy Cooperative sent 2 local high school students to Washington D.C. in mid-June as part of the national Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Dalton Krum and Megan Shumaker, both of Mt. Pleasant, traveled to the nation’s capital with a delegation of 35 students and five chaperones, representing not-for-profit electric cooperatives across Iowa. Beginning back in 1958, Iowa’s electric cooperatives have been sending student leaders to the nation’s capital each summer where they get an up-close look at the political process while also touring national museums, monuments and memorials. Students also learn more about the role not-for-profit electric cooperatives play in providing safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable power to member-owners.

On the Youth Tour, students met with their elected legislators, talked to staff from NRECA and other organizations, and gained a personal understanding of American history and their role as an American citizen. Most of the students were financially sponsored by their local co-op and were selected to attend based on their community involvement, interest in government, and academic performance. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many rural students who are visiting Washington D.C. for the first time.