Youth to Washington Tour

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Are you a sophomore or junior? Are you interested in our 2018 Youth to Washington Contest? Each year, we select 34 students based on applications to travel as a group to Springfield to attend Illinois Electric and Telephone Youth Day. While in Springfield, we will meet with students from cooperatives across Illinois and visit various historical sites in Springfield.

At the conclusion of Youth Day, judges from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) will select two winners to represent each cooperative. One alternate will be named for each cooperative in case one of the winners is unable to attend.

The four local winners of Youth Day will spend one week in Washington, D.C. visiting places of historical interest, as well as members of Congress, and getting a firsthand view of our government in action. Students also learn more about the important role cooperatives play in our nation by organizing a Chip ‘N Pop Co-op on the tour bus.

2018 marks the 59th year of the Youth to Washington program. Adams Telephone joined the program in 2004. Adams Electric Cooperative has been sending students to Washington, D.C. since 1959. Today, approximately 2,000 students from 42 cooperatives across the United States meet at our nation’s capital each summer.

Complete your application online here or print a PDF version of the 2018 application.

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*The video above was created by Trevor Sandidge of Basco, IL, who represented McDonough Telephone Cooperative on the 2016 Youth to Washington Tour.

If you have questions about the program contact us at 877-696-4611 or by email at

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