What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!


You could win a trip to Washington, D.C.


Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc. appreciates the interest you have in our Rural Electric Youth Tour, and we hope your interest turns into a participating one.

While in Washington, D.C., students will get to meet their respective members of Congress, tour the Smithsonian Institution, participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldiers at ArlingtonNationalCemetery, visit Mount Vernon, and see memorials honoring presidents, heroes and historic events important in the evolution of the United States.

Rules of the Rural Electric Youth Tour Contest

  1. This essay contest is open to any high school student from the service area of Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc.  This includes the following schools: Clarendon, Claude, Hedley, Ft. Elliott, McLean, Samnorwood, Shamrock, Wellington, and Wheeler.  You must also be a legal U.S. citizen.
  2. Each student essay will be judged by a panel of three independent judges.  Submitted essays shall not exceed 750 words on the subject: “How Would My Life Be Different Today Without Electricity.”  The student’s name should not be on the essay.  On a separate sheet attached to the essay, contestants should write their name and a parent’s or legal guardian’s name, along with their address and phone number.
  3. Essays must be completed and returned to Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc. no later than February 10, 2023.  Entries may be mailed to Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc., Attn: Janie Duncan,
    P.O. Box 948, Wellington, Texas79095
  4. The final judging will be completed by February 10, 2023, and winners will be notified.  One runner-up will be selected in the event a winner cannot take the trip.
  5. Reference material and information can be obtained at your local high school or at Greenbelt Electric Cooperative, Inc.  Janie Duncan can be contacted should you need further information.  The office phone number is (806) 447-2536

This year’s Rural Electric Youth Tour is scheduled for June 11-19.