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Rural Electric Youth Tour

Application Deadline: Monday, December 9, 2019

The Youth Tour offers students an in-depth exposure into the electric cooperative network while exploring our nation's capital. Expenses, including airfare, lodging, meals, and all admission fees, will be paid for by San Miguel Power Association. Students will come away with a better understanding of their state and national governments, as well as San Miguel Power Association, the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA), Tri-State Generation &Transmission (Tri-State) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.



Students will visit many sites such as: CREA, Tri-State, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Mount Vernon. They will also dance the night away on a dance/dinner cruise down the Potomac River. Students will visit historic monuments and museums, meet with U.S. Representatives and Senators, and join hundreds of young people from across the country to meet and mingle on Rural Electric Youth Day. Over 1,400 students attended last year's tour - all sponsored by their local electric cooperatives.



Tour Dates

2020: June 18 - 25


Students must meet the following criteria to be considered: 

  • Be a high school junior or senior during the 2020 - 2021 school year. (current sophomores & juniors)
  • Be between the ages 16 - 18 as of January 1, 2020.
  • Live in a household that receives electricity from San Miguel Power Association. Your parents or guardians must be members of San Miguel Power.

To Apply

Submit to:

SMPA Youth Programs
c/o Alex Shelley
PO Box 1150
Ridgway, CO 81432



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