Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Electric Co-op Youth Tour

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Eastern Maine Electric wants to send two area high school students to Washington, D.C. next June, as part of the 2023 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Participants explore monuments and museums, meet their legislators, and learn about the political process. They also build friendships that can last a lifetime.

There is no cost to students and their parents or guardians for travel expenses, meals, lodging, admission or other tour-related costs. 

Each year, more than 1,500 students from around the country are sponsored by their electric cooperatives to take part in the Tour.  Since its inception nearly six decades ago, the Electric Co-op Youth Tour has brought history alive for over 50,000 alumni.

For the 2023 Youth Tour, Eastern Maine Electric is partnering with the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives. This arrangement will make the trip more cost-effective for each cooperative. More importantly, it allows each co-op to provide the best experience possible for its sponsored students. The Louisia-Maine group will total 22 students. In addition to its two student representatives, Eastern Maine Electric is providing a chaperon for the larger group.

The EMEC students and a chaperon will fly to Baton Rouge on June 15th, and the Louisiana-Maine group will begin a June 16th orientation for the bus trip, which starts on June 17th.

Some of the Washington sights planned for the 2023 tour include:

  • NRECA National Headquarters

  • Mount Vernon Mansion

  • The Spy Museum

  • the Jefferson Memorial

  • the FDR Memorial

  • the Martin Luther King Memorial

  • the World War II, Vietnam War, and Korean War Memorials

  • The Pentagon

  • The Air Force and Marine Memorials

  • Arlington National Cemetery

  • NRECA Capitol Hill Office

  • the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

  • the American History Museum

  • the Holocaust Museum

  • the White House

  • Ford's Theatre

  • the Capitol Building

  • the Museum of African American History  

Maine’s representatives to the Youth Tour will be selected based on their applications and interviews. Applicants should be high school sophomores or juniors who are bona fide residents of a home served by Eastern Maine Electric. The children and grandchildren of EMEC employees and board members are not eligible. 

The deadline for submitting Youth Tour applications is February 28, 2023. In early March, applicants will be interviewed, and the 2023 Maine winners will be announced by April 1st.