KEC Youth Programs
KEC sponsors youth programs for high school juniors each summer. Programs offered:
How to Apply
Contact your local electric cooperative to find out specific details for participating. You may visit your local electric cooperative online by clicking here.
"Government In Action" Youth Tour
June 12-19, 2014
- Day 1 -- Get Acquainted Banquet to meet all the Youth Tour participants.
- Day 2 -- Tour the Kansas State Capitol and Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant. Fly to Washington, D.C.
- Day 3 -- Visit Old Town Alexandria and attend a theater performance.
- Day 4 -- Tour Holocaust Memorial Museum, Kennedy Center, National Archives, and Smithsonian Museums. Take a dance cruise on the Potomac River.
- Day 5 -- Attend the Youth Day Program with 1,500 other students. Tour Mr. Vernon and Smithsonian Museums. Take a Late Night City Lights Tour of Monuments.
- Day 6 -- Have breakfast on Capitol Hill with Congressmen and staff. Meet Senators. Visit Iwo Jima Memorial and shop at Pentagon City Mall.
- Day 7 -- Travel to Fort McHenry National Monument, National Aquarium, and Baltimore Inner Harbor. Attend the Youth Day farewell event.
- Day 8 -- Visit Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before returning to Kansas.
“Coming to Washington, D.C. will always be a memorable experience for me. It was definitely a culture shock to come from a town of about 200 people to a great city like D.C. I value this chance to better understand my country, its people, and how our government works. In the long run, I know this trip and the amazing new people I met will only help me for the better.” Amanda Henke, 2011 Prairie Land participant
“I had so much fun on this Youth Tour. I met some amazing people and got to experience some outstanding tours of our nation’s capital. Not only did this trip provide me with better insight on the government, it also allowed me to share the experience with many other talented and outstanding individuals.” Chase Johnson, 2011 Butler participant
“Sublime. That’s the word I would use to describe Youth Tour. That and incredible, touching, lovely, amazing and countless others. Every moment was used to its highest potential. Everything was of a quality that could not be achieved on our own. This is truly the best way to experience Washington, D.C. but also to build friendships and experience different people and cultures. The week was over too soon.” Rachel Kennedy, 2011 LJEC participant
Youth Tour Video
Youth Tour National Website
Rural Electric Youth Tour Origin
Sen. Lyndon Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Annual Meeting in Chicago in 1957. He declared, “If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”
Consequently, some Texas electric cooperatives sent groups of young people to Washington, D.C., to work during the summer in Sen. Johnson’s office. In 1958, an electric cooperative in Iowa sponsored the first group of 34 young people on a week-long study tour of the nation’s capital. Later that same year, another bus load came from Illinois. The idea grew and other states sent bus loads of young people throughout the summer. By 1959, the “Youth Tour” had grown to 130 delegates.
In 1964, NRECA began to coordinate joint activities among the state delegations and suggested that co-op representatives from each state arrange to be in Washington, D.C., during Youth Tour week. The first year of the coordinated tour included approximately 400 young people from 12 states. Word of the program has continued to spread and today, more than 1,500 young people and their chaperones from 45 states participate in the Youth Tour every year.
For more information, contact Shana Read firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp
July 12-18, 2014
- Day 1 --
Meet the bus; dinner at Dave & Buster’s and overnight stay in Denver.
- Day 2 -- Visit Lookout Mountain. Check into cabins. Meet students from Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
- Day 3 --
Form a cooperative. Participate in the legislative forum. Build a transmission line competition. Visit Steamboat Springs and Fish Creek Falls. Attend a high-voltage demonstration.
- Day 4 --
Rafting trip on the Colorado River. Attend camp dance.
- Day 5 --
Leadership workshop and live raptor presentation by Hawk Quest. Play in the volleyball tournament. Camp talent show!
- Day 6 -- Tour Trapper Coal Mine and Craig Generation Plant.
Visit Mt. Werner for banquet and vote for Ambassadors.
- Day 7 -- Return home.
“Experiencing a new environment changed my outlook on life. It’s easy to forget there is a whole world around you when you live in one place for so long. Whether it be white water rafting, Steamboat Springs, or the beautiful waterfall, seeing these things impacted me greatly.” Victoria Loeser, 2011 Alfalfa participant
“I enjoyed the opportunity to become a better leader. I also liked water rafting and dances, because it gave me the chance to interact with other campers and make memories.” Kari Adams, 2011 Kay Electric participant
“There were many fun things about this camp. I’d have to say that I most enjoyed being on a committee. I was on the newspaper committee, and I enjoyed it so much because that is what I am considering doing after college. It was a great experience to be an actual journalist for a few days.” Kori Hall, 2011 Pioneer participant
Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp Origin
In 1973, the Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., (KEC) Board of Trustees suggested that there should be an in-state conference for youth, in order to increase participation in the present Youth Tour program.
Colorado Electric Cooperatives conducted a youth leadership camp in Steamboat Springs each year. In 1976, KEC sent a representative to the camp to evaluate the camp activities and educational potential. In 1977, KEC sent its first delegates to the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (then called the Energy Seminar).
Now, nearly 100 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming attend the leadership camp every year.
For more information, contact Shana Read email@example.com