What is the Youth Tour?
It's an all expense paid trip to our nation's capital for six days. It has been sponsored by Missouri's Electric Cooperatives for 55 years! Over 100 high school juniors are selected from across Missouri (Callaway Electric sponsors 3). Missouri delegates meet up with other students from 41 states—over 1500 total! Participants spend the week touring all the sights D.C. has to offer.
How do I participate?
The Youth Tour starts as an essay contest. It is open to all high school juniors living in or attending school in Callaway Electric Cooperative's service area. The Cooperative assigns the topic, provides the research and helps with any questions. Sign up starts in January of each year with essays being due in early March and the finals being held in April. SIGN UP FOR THE 2019 CONTEST NOW!
Pictured at left are Joseph Hinchie (Fulton H.S.); Hannah Benningfield (South Callaway H.S.) and Jessica Buckner (South Callaway H.S.). They represented Callaway Electric on the 2018 Missouri Youth Tour enjoying a week long all expense paid tour of Washington, D.C. this past June.
How are the winners chosen?
After essays are submitted, six finalists are chosen. All finalists are winners! The finalists are asked to come to the Cooperative in April for a written test and interview with a panel of three judges. The top three finalists are awarded trips to Washington, D.C. NEW IN 2019! The remaining finalists will receive a non-renewable $500 college scholarship to be awarded the first semester of the finalist's freshman year of college.
Visit YouTube for the following clips about Youth Tour
A feature video from Rural Missouri Magazine 'Our History with Missouri's Future Leaders'