Electric cooperatives always have had a strong commitment to their local youth. It’s all part of a much larger “Commitment to Community,” one of the seven cooperative principles that guide our member-owned organizations. Every year electric cooperatives in Missouri sponsor contests to select delegates to the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These fortunate high school students represent their local cooperative and Missouri on a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital. You could go with more than 100 students from the Show-Me state and over 2000 students nationwide to 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, but more than anything these students have the time of their lives and create friendships that last a lifetime. If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in this all-expenses paid trip to our nation’s capital. Check our list of participating systems to see if a co-op in your area sponsors delegates.