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Youth Tour

Youth Selected to D.C. Trip

Sioux Valley Energy will send two students to Washington, D.C., in June for the Rural Electric Youth Tour.

The Youth Tour is a trip sponsored by Sioux Valley Energy and coordinated by South Dakota Rural Electric Association (SDREA) and Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA).

While in Washington, the students will meet with the state's congressional delegation, visit historical sites and meet 1,500 teens from cooperatives across the United States. Sioux Valley Energy realizes it is more vital than ever that today's young people understand and support the rural electrification program, for they are tomorrow's leaders and consumers. Sioux Valley Energy will provide funding for the trip to include all transportation costs, lodging, meals and entrance fees to sightseeing or entertainment events. The student will be responsible for anything beyond those items such as snacks and souvenirs. Some of the sites they will be visiting include Lincoln Memorial, Washington National Cathedral, the Air and Space Museum, Washington Monument, Arlington Cemetery and many more. For more information about the experiences please visit

Who is eligible for the Youth Tour?

The applicants must be a high school sophomore or junior participating in the Sioux Valley Energy EmPOWER Youth Leadership Program.

What are the dates of the Youth Tour?

South Dakota travels June 10-16, 2016.  If you are representing Minnesota the dates are June 11-16, 2016.

How Can I Apply?

If you would like more information on the EmPOWER Youth Leadership Program please contact Jennie Patrick at

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!

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