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Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Applications are Open for the 2020 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour



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Eastern Maine Electric wants to send two area high school students to Washington, D.C. this June, as part of the 2020 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 2020 Youth Tour, Eastern Maine Electric is partnering with the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association. 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 Michigan-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 chaperon will fly to Michigan, where the Michigan-Maine group will begin its bus trip on June 20th. They will visit Gettysburg  National Park on their way to Washington, D.C. 
Some of the Washington sights planned for the 2020 tour include:
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • the Lincoln Memorial
  • Ford’s Theater
  • NRECA Capitol Hill Office
  • the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
  • the American History Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • the National Gallery
  • the Capitol Building
  • the Supreme Court
  • the Library of Congress
  • a Washington Nationals baseball game
  • a world-class performance at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

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, 2020. In early March, applicants will be interviewed, and the 2020 Maine winners will be announced by April 1st.

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Contact: Charlie McAlpin 454-1524 or cmcalpin -at-
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