Power of Community - Pedernales Electric Cooperative

2018 Youth Tour

The real power of our community lies in our youth. For more than 35 years, PEC has been proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program. Each summer, our delegates join about 1,500 high school students from cooperatives across the country on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.!

To become a PEC delegate, you must:

  • Complete your sophomore, junior or senior year of high school by June 2018.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian who is a PEC member or receives PEC service at their home.
  • Submit an essay and application online by Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 11:59 p.m.

This year’s essay topic:

Based on your experience in extracurricular activities, develop a unique, fun and educational PEC program for middle or high school students.

Consider one or more in the development of your program: the seven Cooperative Principles, safety, member focus and/or responsibility for conservation of energy resources. Be sure to include the name of your program, its intended age group, a description of the program (activities, materials required, et cetera) and how it addresses the Cooperative Principles, safety, member needs and/or energy resource conservation.

Finally, explain how you would persuade your classmates and friends to participate in this program.

Download the complete list of 2018 Youth Tour guidelines and information.

Submit Youth Tour application online

Ten PEC delegates will:

  • Tour historical sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Washington National Cathedral and more.
  • Meet local political representatives and learn more about our local and national government.
  • Create lifelong friendships with students from all around the country!

To learn more about how electric cooperatives are investing in their communities’ futures through Youth Tour, visit the Texas and NRECA Youth Tour sites.

Questions about the Youth Tour application process? Email YouthTour@peci.com.

PEC Hall of Youth Tour Delegates





Download Youth Tour Contest guidelines

Contest Guidelines

Download 2018 Youth Tour Contest guidelines and information.

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Apply Online

Complete and submit an application for the 2018 Youth Tour.

Download Youth Tour poster

2018 Youth Tour poster

Look for the poster in your school or library, too.

Visit the NRECA Youth Tour website

NRECA Youth Tour

Visit the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour Contest site.

Visit Texas Youth Tour

Texas Youth Tour

Visit the Texas Youth Tour Contest site.