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Youth Tour

Youth TourWhat 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!





Eligibility Requirements


A contestant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have completed grade 10, 11 or 12 in high school by JUNE 2018
  • Available to travel June 6 – 15, 2018
  • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who are members of Fannin County Electric Cooperative and receive co-op service at their FCEC member, permanent, full-time residence.

Former Youth Tour contest winners who went on a previous trip are not eligible. Immediate family of co-op directors or employees are not eligible.


Essay Topic:


If you were to start a cooperative, what kind would it be and what would it offer?


Essay Format

  • Essays must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font and single sided on plain white, 8 ½-by-11-inch paper with 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Essays should be 250 -300 words.
  • Do not include your name on any portion of the essay.
  • Essays will be judged on content, grammar, originality and creativity.


Application Submission


Fannin County Electric Coop

c/o Kim Williams

PO Box 250

Bonham, TX 75418


  • Entries must be submitted by February 2nd, 2018


Finalist Selection

  • The top 2 contestants will be declared winners of the Youth Tour. They will be notified by March 2, 2018
  • Two alternates will be chosen to attend in the event that one or more of the winners cannot attend the trip. They will be notified in writing. 





Kim Williams

Fannin County Electric Cooperative

PO Box 250

Bonham, TX 75418

903 583-2117 or 


Click here to download the application!

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