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Youth Tour


Each summer, Electric Cooperatives in more than thirty states, send over 1,000 high school students to our nation's Capital to learn about government, cooperatives and rural electrification.  The Electric Cooperatives of Illinois send over sixty of these students each summer and Clay Electric Cooperative sponsors three of these.

The 2017 tour marks the 58TH year that the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives have sent students to the nation's capital. We continue to believe in the young leaders of our country and feel that our investment in this program is a good one. We're proud of this tour and know that it is one of the most comprehensive youth tours of the nation's capital.

While in Washington, DC, students will have the opportunity to visit many historic sites; such as, the Civil War Battlefield in Gettysburg, George Washington's Home and Grounds, the Smithsonian Museums and others. They will also visit places like the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Kennedy Center, the Bureau of Engraving and many other government buildings and offices. They will also spend time with many of our legislators that represent us in Washington. There is even time for a dance and a cruise on the Potomac River.

You must be a High School junior, obtain your entry form from your Guidance Counselor, or person in charge of the Youth Tour at your High School, or on the Clay Electric Cooperative Website Fill out the entry form, and return it by February 13th, 2017 to your Guidance Counselor, sponsor, or to Clay Electric Cooperative, 7784 Old Highway 50, Flora, IL 62839

"Youth Day" in Springfield is March 29, 2017.  While in Springfield you will visit historic sites and talk with some of our legislative leaders.  There will be representatives from each High School to represent their school and Clay Electric Cooperative.

The "Youth to Washington" Tour is June 9 - June 16, 2017.  Three of the students that attended "Youth Day" will be chosen to attend the "Youth to Washington" tour. Clay Electric will make the selection of the winners.