Government in Action Youth Tour

Youth Tour Winner

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

We’re also more than excited to
announce that this year’s delegate
will be Katie Cooley of Union Hill
High School.

Katie is the daughter of Thomas and
Gay Cooley of Gilmer, TX. Katie
has a fun-filled week ahead of her
during June 12-21.

Katie will have the opportunity
to make lifelong connections
with prominent young students
from all across Texas, as well as
those from other states. Not only
will she be learning about rural
electric cooperatives, but she will
gain a better insight into American
history and government. This year’s
Youth Tour delegates will meet
Congressmen and Senators and
tour historical sites in and around
Washington D.C.

We are so excited to hear about
Katie’s trip this summer and hope
she has a great time!

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."