Current sophomores and juniors in high school whose parent or guardian is a member of Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative (MLEC) may apply now to attend the 56th annual Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. The tour will be held June 20- 25.

“The annual Washington Youth Tour is truly a once-in-a -lifetime event for high school students,” said Sarah Cron, MLEC CEO. “Since 1964, America’s electric cooperatives have sent students to our nation’s capital to give future leaders in co-op communities a front-row seat to American government. Youth Tour participants are the bright light for our future and become leaders in their communities, and I look forward to another safe, successful and fun tour this year.”

Students on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour will participate in leadership training, engage in one-on-one conversations with elected officials, jump start their national peer network and tour Washington, D.C.

Minnesota sent 39 students to Washington last year, part of a record 1,900 plus students from across the nation who participated in the 2019 Youth Tour. Students travel to Washington, D.C. by plane.

The deadline for applications is March 10. To apply, students can find the information and application online at, or contact Erin Beck at MLEC at 218-927-8245 or Up to two applicants will be chosen to attend.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for over 50 years. Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. A total of over 50,000 students have participated in this program since its creation. For more information, visit

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