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Youth Tour



Students selected ro represent Claverack Electric during the 2020 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.:  Carina Beebe, Bridget Bendock, Logan Carter, Holly Geyer, Justin Hiduk, Lauryn Jones and Dan Williams.  Unfortunately, Youth Tour was cancelled for the first time in over 50 years due to COVID-19.

For general information about Youth Tour, please click here:


Claverack Rural Electric will send six students from the co-op’s service territory on an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital this summer.  If you are a high school junior who enjoys sightseeing, history, politics and making new friends, then this trip may be for you.

The lucky students will have the opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., with a group of their peers from across the country during the 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour, a six-day sightseeing excursion that mixes fun and education.

During the tour, which takes place June 21-26, 2020, participants will have the opportunity to explore Washington's historic sites, visit the Smithsonian, make friends with Youth Tour students from throughout the United States, meet with federal legislators and learn about electric cooperatives and the cooperative movement.  The Youth Tour is expected to draw more than 1,800 students to Washington, D.C. for the week. If you are interested in being one of them, here's what you need to know:

Rules for 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour


  1. This contest is open to any high school junior (2019-20 school year) whose parents or legal guardians are members of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative.


  1. Create a 3-5 minute video on the following:

If chosen as a Youth Tour delegate, you will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to experience and learn about America's rich history.  What moment in American history do you wish you had been a part of and what would you have contributed?

(Click here to see a video submission from a previous year's YLC student, Levi Upham.  Easy-to-use programs, such as Windows Movie Maker, can be found online.  If you are unable to create a video, a 400-word essay will be accepted.  See application form for details.)

  1. Complete the Youth Tour application form on the website. Be sure to attach an appropriate school photo of yourself as required on the form.  Also be sure to provide a link to your YouTube video.


  1. If you are uncomfortable providing a link to your YouTube account, please bring a disc or flash drive of your video to the Claverack office in Wysox.  If you do not have the ability to create a video or complete the online application, you may call the cooperative to schedule an appointment to have your presentation recorded and have someone help you complete the application.


  1. Questions should be addressed to: Karen Evangelisti,, (570) 268-1332.


  1. Entries must be received by Friday, February 14, 2020.    


  1. Finalists will be notified by mail Tuesday, February 18, 2020.  Six students will be selected, and this will entitle them not only to the trip to Washington, D.C., but will also make them eligible for special scholarship opportunities. All finalists will be required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at  6:30 pm at the Claverack office in Wysox.  Finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges, and one delegate will be chosen as Claverack's Youth Leadership Council candidate.  The YLC candidate will compete with other candidates for the chance to be the Pennsylvania YLC representative and to attend the 2021 NRECA annual meeting.


  1. The decision of the judges is final.
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