Government-in-Action Youth Tour
The winner of the Youth Tour essay contest will receive an all-expenses-paid VIP tour of Washington, D.C. where they will get a behind-the-scenes visit with members of the North Dakota Congressional delegation, a boat ride on the Potomac River and much more.
Students must be sophomores or juniors in high school at the time they send in their essays and they must be dependents of Verendrye members. Full contest details are available on the "How to enter" tab on the left, and are also published in North Dakota Living in the fall. The deadline to submit an essay is the end of January. Be sure to check out the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour website for more information.
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!
What others have said about Youth Tour
"It was one of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing opportunity to meet great people and to see things I normally wouldn't get to see." - Austin Redding, 2013 winner, Kenmare High School.
"It was really planned out well for us to get the best experience possible and we didn't have to worry about any of the planning. I would never have guessed we would see so many things. If you are thinking about writing the essay you should do it because it is a great experience!" - Jessi Johnson, 2012 winner, Berthold High School.
"It's one of the best trips I have ever been on. I met a lot of really great kids and I am still in contact with a lot of them." - Matthew Warsoki, 2011 winner, Minot High School.
"If you are thinking about it, it is definately worth a try. It is very well-organized and we were constantly doing something." - Sarah Rimatzki, 2010 winner, Bishop Ryan High School.
Doors of opportunity open for Youth Tour winners
Winning Verendrye Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour Contest opens other opportunities for students, including the chance at a $10,000 scholarship and a chance to represent North Dakota on a the Youth Leadership Council.
$10,000 scholarship available
Students who have won Youth Tour and who have completed at least one year of college credits can compete for a $10,000 Glenn English Scholarship from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). In 2014, 35 students from 17 states applied. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship, the NRECA also awarded 4 students with $1,000 scholarships. For more information visit www.NRECA.coop/GEscholarship or call Verendrye.
Youth Leadership Council
Current Youth Tour winners can try out for a seat on the Youth Leadership Council to represent North Dakota. The student who is chosen for the council gets to attend the Youth Leadership Conference in another trip to Washington, D.C., where he or she will learn leadership skills, presentation skills and a broader understanding of electric cooperatives.
In addition to that trip, the student would also get to attend the NRECA’s annual meeting in late February. Both of the trips would be at no cost to the student. The NRECA annual meeting hosts 12,000 rural electric leaders and is held in a variety of major cities nationwide. Students attending would have more educational opportunities and the opportunity to meet influential people, including elected officials and NRECA employees and board members.
How to enter