Washington Youth Tour
Each year the Washington Youth Tour challenges teens to consider the part they play in history, government and the cooperative movement, encourages them to become involved citizens, and prompts them to consider careers in public service.
The teen-delegates will explore government on a local and national level, gathering in Atlanta before departing for Washington D.C. In Atlanta, the group will tour the Governor’s Mansion and CNN studios, meet with legislative representatives, participate in leadership activities and learn about Georgia’s electric cooperative industry at the Georgia Electric Membership headquarters in Tucker.
When the group arrives in Washington D.C., Georgia’s delegation will convene with more than 1,300 youth representing cooperatives across the nation. The delegates will have the opportunity to mingle with peers from other states and exchange views concerning local and national issues.
During their stay, students will attend a Supreme Court lecture, a Georgia Congressional Delegation luncheon and a congressional session. The group will also visit many of the nation’s historical monuments and museums, such as the Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument, Arlington Cemetery and the FDR, Iwo Jima and Jefferson memorials.
Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given 1,650 students in Georgia and more than 40,000 students nationwide the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”
Contact David Martin at (229) 468-2313 for more information.
Applications are due March 3, 2017.