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Washington Youth Tour Applications Open

A tour of the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court, meeting Georgia’s congressional delegates, lunch at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and other opportunities to explore our nation’s capital are available for young leaders on the Washington Youth Tour.

Sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives since 1958, the Washington Youth Tour is designed to build leadership skills while educating young people about the cooperative business model and American history and government.

Jackson EMC will send four student delegates who will join 110 teens from Georgia’s electric co-ops. Together, they will meet 1,700 delegates from 42 other states in Washington, D.C. on June 7-14, 2018.

The intense week begins with leadership and team building exercises and a banquet in Atlanta before flying into D.C. for a week-long, fast-paced experience.

Highlights for the 2018 tour include a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, an evening tour of the National Mall monuments, a sunset parade at the Iwo Jima statue, a cruise on the Potomac River, and a dinner performance of the Broadway musical “Newsies.” Plus, delegates will tour Mount Vernon, the United States Capitol, the Smithsonian museums, the Supreme Court and the Washington National Cathedral.

High school sophomores and juniors with demonstrated potential for leadership, academic success and community service should apply through their high school guidance counselor, who will nominate one candidate for consideration. Ten finalists will interview with a panel of business, community and university leaders to be one of Jackson EMC’s four delegates to receive the all-expenses paid leadership development experience in D.C. Deadlines vary for each school, so check the counselor’s office for due dates. All applicants must be 16 years old by June 1, 2018. Do not send applications to Jackson EMC directly.

For more information, visit www.jacksonemc.com/wyt or email Karen Ewing, community relations representative, at [email protected].


Photo: Cecelia Tatro, Johnson High School; Gabriela Maduro-Salvarrey, Peachtree Ridge High School; Trudy Ward, Madison County High School; and, Sheefa Ali, Collins Hill High School, served as the 2017 Washington Youth Tour delegates for Jackson EMC.