Youth Tour


Regrettably, Iowa Youth Tour 2021 has been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives board voted to not participate in Youth Tour next year, so Allamakee-Clayton will not be sending students to D.C. in June 2021. While this is unfortunate, IAEC decided this in the best interest of all attendees and chaperones' health and well-being. We look forward to the 2022 Youth Tour!

What is Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,800 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!

Each year, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative selects two high school sophomores or juniors to represent the Co-op on Youth Tour. If selected, you will join hundreds of other students from across the country - all expenses paid - for an incredible week in our nation's capital.

Students on Youth Tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history, and the U.S government. They visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate and see
the sights around Washington, D.C.

How do you qualify?
You must be a current high school sophomore or junior, and your parents or legal guardians must be members of Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative. A completed application form must be submitted by the end of January each year. 

Each applicant is provided with an open book test and an information booklet. The completed test must be returned by the due date; the test scores will determine the five finalists. A personal interview will determine the winners of two Youth Tour trips. The three remaining finalists will each receive a $100 cash prize.

Learn more about Youth Tour:

Contact Jenny McIntyre at 888-788-1551 if you have questions.