Your child could walk in footsteps of a President
High school juniors can win free trip to Washington, D.C.
“After walking in the literal footsteps of great people like George Washington, it changes your perspective,” said Samson Weisbrod, a Washington Youth Tour alumni.
Do you know any high school juniors who would enjoy an experience like this? If so, the Washington Youth Tour is perfect for them.
Annually, Trico sends four students on this amazing experience, free of charge, and all they have to do is apply. The Washington Youth Tour is a national event that brings together more than 1,500 students from electric cooperatives across the nation who gather in Washington, D.C., each summer to explore the capital. They learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in the political process, develop leadership skills and learn about the cost of freedom as they visit memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.
Students also have the opportunity to explore monuments and attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Building, the National Cathedral, Mount Vernon – home of George Washington, various Smithsonian Museums, and many more. One of the most exciting experiences that the students have on this trip is meeting their representatives. Through this program, the students get the chance to sit down with staffers and actual Congressmen and women, and discuss relevant topics that affect them and their local communities.
Students who are selected for the tour have an experience that Lane Fordahl described by as, “a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” and she felt that she walked away from it with, “a newfound appreciation for our government,” and, “a greater love for our nation’s history.” Andrew Harris found that he was, “deeply impacted while visiting places such as Arlington National Cemetery,” and came to realize, “how important it is for the next generation of Americans to know and remember what those who came before us went through and left behind.”
The Washington Youth Tour is a great place to meet other students from around the country and learn about the history and politics in our nation’s capital. High school juniors who are the dependent child of a Trico Member are eligible to apply.
The deadline for the 2017 Washington Youth Tour has passed. Check back in the fall of 2017 for information about the 2018 Washington Youth Tour.
Lane encourages all to apply, saying, “Even if you’re doubtful you’ll make it, just apply anyway…the Washington Youth Tour changed my life for the better.”
Want to know what it's like to go on the Washington Youth Tour? Watch this video: