Youth Tour 2022 Guidelines and Application

Youth Tour 2022 Essay/Interview Contest Has Begun


2017 SWTEC Youth Tour Winners Taylor Emmons and
Claire Thiebaud standing in front of the United
States Capitol.

 Don’t miss your chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative. Youth Tour 2022 will be from June 12-21, 2022.


Imagine it: You meet up in Austin with more than 150 other teens from across rural Texas and then fly to Washington, D.C., for a fun-filled week of adventure and inspiration that includes meeting congressional leaders, visiting national monuments and historic sites, touring Smithsonian Institution museums, going on a boat cruise on the Potomac River, and rallying with more than 1,900 fellow students for a day of stirring leadership speakers—all without having to spend a dime of your own money.


If that sounds like a trip you don’t want to miss, now is your chance. After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government-in-Action Youth Tour is back and bigger than ever—and you could be a part of it. Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative is now accepting applications for the unforgettable trip.


Youth Tour is a youth leadership program sponsored by Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative and organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For more than 50 years, electric cooperatives across the state and nation have been sending young adults on this action-packed, all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital. And every year students return saying that it’s nothing short of a trip of a lifetime.


For your shot at winning a spot on Youth Tour and you are now a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school that’s within Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative’s service area, please apply and upload an essay here below. The application deadline is by Friday, January 14, 2022.

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: html pdf docx odt.