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Co-op Sending Three Teens to D.C. for 2020 Washington Youth Tour


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Snapping Shoals EMC is currently accepting applications for the 2020 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."

The Tour offers students a personal lesson in U.S. history, provides competitions and contests to encourage leadership and teamwork, includes converstations with elected leaders on important 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 next year from June 18-25, 2020, 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 Museums, Mount Vernon, Supreme Court, Capitol, Washington Monument, as well as the MLK, FDR, Jefferson, World War II, and Lincoln Memorials.