Applications are now available for the 2011 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
Indiana's electric cooperatives have hosted the Youth Tour since 1960, providing hundreds of young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit the nation's capitol and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry.
The trip begins June 9, in Indianapolis, and concludes June 16.
According to Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC CEO Brian Sparks, the Indiana delegation will include approximately 75 students from throughout the state, each selected by his/her local cooperative. In 2010, more than 1,500 students from the nation were in Washington, D.C., for the conference.
"UDWI REMC is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for local students,' Sparks said. "It's a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sights, make new friends and learn how everyone, even young people, can make a difference in the political process."
The Indiana delegation will meet in Indianapolis Thursday, June 9, to get acquainted and learn about the Indiana legislative process. The students will depart early Friday, June 10, and spend the first evening in Gettysburg, Pa.
On Saturday, June 11, they will tour the Gettysburg National Battlefield in the morning and arrive in Washington, D.C., that evening.
A full schedule of sightseeing, speakers, visits to the National Memorials, a collection of museums, including the Newseum, and a night cruise on the Potomac River will take place.
Students will participate in a "Youth Tour Rally," where they will share their thoughts and opinions on a variety of timely issues.
This will prepare them for a busy day on Capitol Hill, when students visit with representatives of Indiana's Congressional delegation.
The week will end on a high note with the "All-States Dinner Dance," at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
For more information about the 2011 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., or to receive an application, contact Jill Gilmore at 812-384-4446 or log on to www.udwiremc.com.