Government in Action- Youth Tour

2022 Youth Tour 


URECC is proud to announce that after a two-year hiatus, the Government in Action- Youth Tour trip was once again be held this summer.

Katie Cooley of Union Hill High School was selected as this year's delegate. Katie is the daughter of Thomas and Gay Cooley of Gilmer, TX. Katie had a fun-filled week in Austin and D.C. during June 12-21.

Katie spent the week connecting with prominent young students from not just all across Texas, but from all over the country as well.  Delegates were able to learn about rural electric cooperatives, and they gained a better insight into American history and government. This year’s Youth Tour delegates also met Congressmen and Senators and tour historical sites in and around Washington D.C. and Austin.

We are so fortunate to have had a delegate like Katie attend Youth Tour this year and we are so excited to see what great things she will accomplish in the future!

Details for the 2023 Government in Action- Youth Tour will be released later this fall!

Government-in-Action Youth Tour

For high school students who grow up in rural Texas, visiting a place like Washington, D.C., might sound like a far-away dream. But every year, more than 100 such students are given the opportunity to travel to the capital for an intensive weeklong tour—and it doesn't cost them a dime.

In June, the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, sponsored the state's electric cooperatives in conjunction with Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, sends select students on an all-expense-paid trip to the nation's capital. In Washington, tour participants get to see with their own eyes sights they may have only experienced in history books or on television. 

In addition to visiting monuments, museums and historical sites that would be a part of any standard tour of the capital, the students also fulfill the ambition of then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who inspired the Youth Tour with his desire expressed in 1957 for young people to "actually see what the flag stands for and represents."

Tour participants get to meet their members of Congress, hear inspirational speakers and interact with other Youth Tour participants from across the country. Texas' students also have the chance to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Sunset Parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial, and visit the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives' chambers and the Library of Congress.

After the intense week on the go—traveling, eating and touring together—many of the Youth Tour participants form fast friendships that continue after they return home. Inspired by their trip, some Youth Tour alumni have gone on to enter public service. And almost to a person, those who have gone on the Youth Tour have called it "the trip of a lifetime."