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Youth Tour

2020 Youth Tour Essay Contest 

This year's topic is: 

Black River Electric is a member owned rural electric cooperative organized in 1938 by farmers who were passionate about bringing electricity to their local rural areas when no one else would do so. 
Part 1: “My Passion” Tell us what you are passionate about and why. A career path? A charity? A hobby? A sport?  
Part 2: Discuss a short history of Black River Electric Cooperative and how being a member of an electric cooperative
is different from being a customer of another type of electric utility. What are the advantages? 

Click to download Contest Rules and Application Form 


Take a look at highlights from Youth Tour 2019! 


The videos below help explain the power of electric cooperatives. 







What is the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

Every year Black River Electric Cooperative sponsors an essay contest to select delegates to attend the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These fortunate high school students represent BREC, along with 1,500 other students, on a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital. They tour museums, visit America's most cherished monuments and even meet their elected officials. All the while they are learning about electric cooperatives and their role in the community.

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!

If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in the Youth Tour program. Entry application and contest rules will be available on this site January 2015. For more information, check out National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour site


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