Washington Youth Tour Essay Contest Now Open to Area Sophomores, Juniors

Jul 4, 2014

Palmetto, GA—January 31, 2014—Could you be our next Washington Youth Tour winner? Apply today through Coweta-Fayette EMC to find out!


Palmetto, GA—January 31, 2014—Could you be our next Washington Youth Tour winner? Apply today through Coweta-Fayette EMC to find out!


This journey of a lifetime involves stops in Georgia and Washington D.C. and includes historic attractions like the Little White House in Warm Springs and many D.C. landmarks, including the Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum, Mount Vernon, Supreme Court, Capitol, Washington Monument and the FDR, Jefferson, World War II and Lincoln Memorials. 


The Washington Youth Tour was inspired by former president Lyndon Johnson who, in 1965, encouraged electric cooperatives “to send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”


If you are a teenager looking for an exciting learning experience (that also bulks up your college resume), look no further than the 2014 Washington Youth Tour. This all-expense-paid prestigious leadership opportunity, open to high school sophomores and juniors, is made available each year to Georgia students. If chosen, you will join more than 100 other teens in representing our state during the event, scheduled for June 12-19 in D.C.


The fast-paced, high-energy program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, while also encouraging them to become public servants and exposing them to our country’s rich history through visits to national landmarks.


The tour begins in Georgia as students get to know each other, learn about our state’s 41 EMCs and the electric co-op industry and enjoy a private tour of the birthplace of rural electrification—the Little White House in Warm Springs.


The group then travels to Washington to connect with more than 1,500 students from across the country. While there, delegates will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in

Arlington Cemetery and tour the U.S. Supreme Court, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Mount Vernon, the National Cathedral, Ford’s Theater and Smithsonian and Holocaust Museums.

Students will also visit memorials honoring Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Jefferson and Lincoln, as well as World War II and the Vietnam and Korean Wars.


Entrants will write a 500-word essay from a choice of topics supplied by the EMC. Deadline for the essays is March 12. Students interested in learning leadership skills, developing life-long friendships and making a pilgrimage to our nation’s capital should contact Amy Lott at 770-252-7446 or alott@utility.org for more information and a kit of resource materials.

Amy Lott