Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

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Unfortunately, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington D.C. Youth Tour as well as the Idaho Youth Rally have been cancelled for 2020. We will be reaching out to participants to offer them attendance in 2021. We regret this but the health and safety of our participants is, as always, our first priority.

Application Deadline is January 9, 2020

2020 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

UEC Entry Guidelines & Applications

The tour is open to qualified high school juniors attending school in Umatilla, Morrow or Union Counties, whose parent or guardian is a current member of Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC). UEC will pay all of the expenses involved with the trip except for spending money that the finalist may want to take.

Completed applications and parental consent are required to be postmarked or received at UEC by 5 p.m. on January 9, 2020.

Applicants need to include a photo of themselves with their completed application.

Applicants are required to submit either a short video or essay on one of the following topics:

  1. Tell us about yourself and what you are passionate about.
  2. Describe your view of one of the major challenges facing our nation and what potential solution(s) you envision.

If you do a video, it should be about 60-90 seconds long. It will be judged on content rather than production values. Should you choose to do an essay, it should be between 300-400 words.

Submit your completed essay or video and picture using one of these three options:

  1. Drop off your completed materials in person at our Hermiston or Boardman office.
  2. Submit via email at Amy.Callan@UmatillaElectric.com
  3. Send a link to a Google Doc or video file to the email address above.

Submissions will be judged by a committee chosen by Umatilla Electric. Semi-finalists may be requested to interview in person. Umatilla Electric will be selecting two finalists and two alternates. All applicants will be notified of selection status.

The selected students will represent Umatilla Electric Cooperative and will join other Oregon delegates for a trip to Washington, D.C. The NRECA Youth Tour will be held from June 18 – 25, 2020.

The selected students agree that if selected, he/she will participate in activities that help promote the youth tour.  You may also be asked to attend UEC’s Annual Meeting in April 2021 to report on the overall experience of the trip.

Download the Application

Click here to download the Information Flyer