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Youth Tour


Do you want to be a part of the 2017 Youth Tour?

Are you interested in the 2017 Youth Tour? Washington, D.C. has it all: museums, monuments, and Memorials. The only thing missing is YOU!

Join the fun of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Over 1,500 high school juniors and seniors from all across the country will be there. Contact McLean Electric before Wednesday, January 31, 2017 if you are interested.


This years essay topic is...

Descibe what makes our democracy strong and provide suggestions for ways our democracy can be made stronger and more effective.

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2014 Youth Tour Winner . . .

Katelynn Presser


What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?


Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. McLean Electric’s selection process takes the form of an essay contest. This year’s winner is Katelynn Presser, she is the daughter of Teressa and David Presser of rural Mercer.

During her time in Washington, Courtney will learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government she will walk away with a greater understanding of her role as a citizen.  Courtney will participate in National Youth Day, visit with our representative and senators, and explore the sights around the nation’s capital.

She will travel with other students from North Dakota and get to interact with students her age from across the nation. There is no doubt that she will see much of the rich history that is America. Walking the hallowed halls of Congress is a memory that will always stay with her.

Youth Tour Commercial




2012 Youth Tour Video






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