Washington DC Youth Tour
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. Bon Homme Yankton Electric selects one student from local schools whose parents are cooperative members. We believe that students should see their nation’s capital up close, learn about the political process, and interact with their elected officials.
Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their Representative and Senators. While student groups are organized at the state level, they all come together for Youth Day, where they get to meet each other and hear featured speakers who provide insight into the important roles electric cooperatives play in their communities.
Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Youth Tour is canceled. See information on an alternative trip below.
2021 Connect Con: A Youth Leadership Experience
Attention high school students! If your parent or guardian is an active member of Bon Homme Yankton Electric, you have a chance to take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beautiful Black Hills this summer for a youth leadership event!
If chosen, you will travel with other students from electric cooperatives throughout the state and take part in South Dakota’s Connect Con: A Youth Leadership Experience.
Participants will stay on campus at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D. from July 26-29. Once participants arrive on the campus via bus on July 26, they can look forward to two whole days of building friendships, developing professional skills, and deepening their knowledge of the thriving electric industry.
During their stay, students will get to listen to industry experts and participate in hands-on activities designed to enhance their leadership skills. Students will be given the opportunity to tour the Spearfish Hydro Plant and Butte Electric Cooperative, learning about the past, present, and future of South Dakota’s energy industry along the way.
There will also be plenty of time built-in for recreation and socializing – students will play games, go hiking in the scenic Spearfish Canyon, and much more. Participants can look forward to connecting with students from all across South Dakota, learning from each other, and building strong friendships.
Call our office at (605) 463-2507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Deadline: May 12, 2021 at 4:30pm
How to Apply
- Students may apply if their parent or guardian is an active member of Bon Homme Yankton Electric.
- Students must be in high school.
- Submit the application below, email your application to Jaclyn Arens at email@example.com, or mail your application to:
Bon Homme Yankton Electric
PO Box 158
Tabor, SD 57063