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 nearly 50 years! 80 high school juniors are selected from across Missouri (Callaway Electric sponsors 3). Missouri delegates meet up with other students from 41 states—over 1400 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 usually starts in January of each year with essays being due mid-February and the finals being held in April.
The 2016 Youth Tour winners have been selected. Pictured above are the 2016 Contest Finalists. They include (from left) Carlie Cunningham (Homeschool), Mary Hinchie (Fulton High School), Mallory Smith (North Callaway High School), Caitlyn Chapman (South Callaway High School) and Taylor Meyer (New Bloomfield High School). Not pictured, but also a finalist was Wyatt Branson of North Callaway High School. Carlie, Mary and Mallory will be represented Callaway Electric in the 2016 Missouri Youth Tour on a week long all expense paid tour of Washington, D.C. Caitlyn, Taylor and Wyatt attended the CYCLE conference in Jefferson City in July. Congratulations to our winners!!!
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. The remaining finalists receive tuition to the Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (CYCLE) sponsored by Missouri's electric cooperatives and held in Jefferson City for three days in July.
Visit YouTube for the following clips about Youth Tour
A feature video from Rural Missouri Magazine 'Our History with Missouri's Future Leaders'