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Government in Action – Youth Tour





Become Part of the Legacy - Youth Tour 2024

June 16-23, 2024

Hamilton County Electric Cooperative (HCEC) is again sponsoring two (2) students on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour.  HCEC is proud to carry on its commitment to empowering two (2) local youths from its service area to participate in the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, a 8-day, guided trip to Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour is an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital. Our statewide association, Texas Electric Cooperatives, coordinates the trip, which takes place June 16-23, 2024.

Students selected for this opportunity join more than 150 of their peers from Texas and some 1,900 other students from across the U.S. on this trip of a lifetime. Designed to give young people insight into national history, Youth Tour expands participants’ horizons while educating them about government and cooperatives. Electric cooperatives in Texas have participated in Youth Tour since 1965.

Youth Tour began more than 50 years ago, when electric cooperatives joined forces to follow then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson’s call to send youths to the nation’s capital to “actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

The trip starts with flying to Washington for an action-packed week that includes tours of historic sites, museums, and congressional offices, where they meet with their U.S. representatives. Other highlights of the trip include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and an evening cruise on the Potomac River. Participants also attend Youth Day, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, for a day of learning and inspiration..

A sense of purpose has guided co-ops throughout their existence, and for Hamilton County Electric Cooperative (HCEC) and other electric cooperatives across the country, that means investing in our young people—the leaders of tomorrow.

To become part of this legacy and represent HCEC on Youth Tour, apply now for the essay contest.

Eligibility:   Students who have completed their sophomore year of high school and whose parent or legal guardian is a member of Hamilton County Electric Cooperative Association are eligible.

Contest Rules:  Students must complete a 2024 Youth Tour application and submit an essay not to exceed 500 words on this theme: “If you had the opportunity to change one thing about your school or community, what would it be and why?” The winners will be chosen according to originality and content of their essays. Essays must be attached to the completed application and submitted no later than Friday, February 2, 2024.

For more information, visit Contact Keela McDonald by phone at (254)386-9428 or by email at for an application.

*If COVID-19 prompts the cancellation of this year’s trip to Washington, D.C., alternative awards will be given. 



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