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Youth Tour Alumni
Youth Tour
What is Youth Tour? Mission History
The Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour is an annual, weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, that is open to select high school students whose homes are served by electric cooperatives. The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), and 25 of Oklahoma's 28 electric distribution cooperatives.  Oklahoma's electric co-ops send students to Washington to:
  • Reward students for academic achievement and community leadership; 
  • Educate students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy; 
  • Foster students' appreciation for the democratic form of government; 
  • Expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation's heritage; and 
  • Build students' leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities.
Electric cooperatives are different from other utilities because “giving something back to the community” is part of their business plan. More than 40,000 high school students have been walking away from this experience as better leaders equipped with the confidence to make a difference since 1964.  
Youth Leadership Council Alumni Sign Me Up!
Student participants in the Oklahoma Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour may apply to be Oklahoma's representative to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The YLC is composed of one of each of the 44 states that participate in the Youth Tour.  The YLC representative will:
  • Attend the NRECA Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Deliver a brief speech at the OAEC Annual Meeting
  • Assist the NRECA staff at the NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA
Our students build friendships that last a lifetime. Past alumni, begin reconnecting by contacting Stacy Howeth.

Students compete for selection by their local electric cooperative. All students must be between their junior and senior years in high school and no older than 18 at the time of the trip. To apply, contact your local electric cooperative or high school career center for more information. 

Community Outreach 

Stacy Howeth
Director of Member Services 
Email: showeth@oaec.coop


Nikki Bode
Member Services Specialist 
Email: nbode@oaec.coop