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Co-Op Sending Three Teens to D.C. for 2018 Washington Youth Tour


Snapping Shoals EMC is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Washington Youth Tour, one of the nation's oldest leadership programs for teens. 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."

This year marks the 53rd year that EMCs will be sponsoring more than 100 students from Georgia for a week-long trip to the nation's capital. The Tour offers students a personal lesson in U.S. history, provides competitions and contests to encourage leadership and teamwork, includes conversations with elected leaders on imporant subjects subjects and current events, and gives the teens a better appreciation for community and public service. Many Youth Tour alumni have gone on to serve as elected officials – or served in leadership positions with some of the most profitable, innovative and highly respected companies in the world.

Scheduled this year from June 7-14, the Youth Tour kicks-off in Atlanta with a banquet for EMC representatives, chaperones, students and families before departing for Washington D.C. where they will join more than 1,600 of their peers from around the country. Among many highlights in the Nation’s Capital, participants will visit historic landmarks including Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum, Mount Vernon, Supreme Court, Capitol, Washington Monument, and the MLK, FDR, Jefferson, World War II, and Lincoln memorials.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To apply, download an application on the Community page. Applicants must either be a high school sophomore or junior and be at least 16 years old by June 7, 2018. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018.