Students Get Up-Close Look at Our Nation’s Capital and Political Process During 2018 Youth Tour

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives recently gave 43 high-school students from across the state the opportunity of a lifetime by sponsoring them on NC Youth Tour, an immersive week-long trip to Washington, D.C. held June 9-15.

Our state’s delegates joined more than 1,800 students from across the country for the tour, which gave them the chance to participate in leadership training, meet with elected officials, network with their peers and explore the sites and history of our nation’s capital. Students also learned more about how electric cooperatives work and the important role co-ops play in their communities.

“The annual Youth Tour provides outstanding students a unique opportunity to experience Washington, D.C. and learn first-hand about the legislative process, civic engagement and electric cooperatives,” said Safaniya Stevenson, North Carolina’s youth tour coordinator. “This program is a vital part of the cooperatives’ commitment to supporting education and strengthening local communities.”

In addition to receiving an all-expense paid trip to our nation’s capital, Youth Tour delegates are eligible to apply for several college scholarships and the opportunity to represent North Carolina on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC), a national cooperative program that seeks to develop strong leadership, presentation and advocacy skills in America’s most promising young leaders.

Caitlin Finley, one of Blue Ridge Energy’s delegates on the tour, was selected as this year’s YLC representative based on the votes of her peers following a speech competition held at the tour orientation.

To learn more about NC Youth Tour and other investments cooperatives are making in our state’s young people, visit the In the Community section of our website.

NC Youth Tour Delegates spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with NC legislators.


Students explored DC sites including Arlington National Cemetery.


Caitlin Finley of Blue Ridge Energy, 2018 YLC Representative


Cameron Baker of Four County EMC shows off his Youth Tour Swag.