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Washington Youth Tour Applications Now Open

Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is accepting applications for the annual Washington Youth Tour, sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives. Jackson EMC will send four student delegates on an all-expense paid leadership development experience to Washington, D.C., June 18-25, 2020.

Current high school sophomores and juniors in the Jackson EMC service region who have demonstrated leadership potential, academic success and community service may apply online at jacksonemc.com/wyt or through their high school guidance counselor or teacher, who may nominate candidates for consideration. Applications must be received or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, at any Jackson EMC office.

Ten finalists will interview with a panel of business, community and university leaders to be selected as one of Jackson EMC’s four delegates to receive the Washington Youth Tour leadership experience.

The fast-paced, high-energy program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, expose them to the nation’s rich history through visits to national monuments and museums, and encourage students to become politically-aware citizens.

“No other experience for high schoolers allows you to interact with the nation’s leaders and remarkable peers from around the country,” said Alex Campo, a senior at Flowery Branch High School and 2019 tour delegate from Jackson EMC.

“The Washington Youth Tour gave me the confidence I didn’t know I was missing,” said Katelyn Sheridan, a senior from North Gwinnett High School and 2019 tour delegate from Jackson EMC. “It taught me that I have the ability to influence people in my community.”

Sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives since 1958, the Washington Youth Tour is a weeklong, intensive tour designed to build leadership skills while educating young people about the cooperative business model. In addition to tours of the national monuments, highlights of the experiential trip feature a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the Sunset Parade at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Imo Jima Memorial), a cruise on the Potomac River, visits to the Smithsonian museums, and meeting the Georgia congressional delegation.

For more information and to download an application, visit jacksonemc.com/wyt.