High school juniors have a chance to join other Indiana youth on a trip of a lifetime.
Applications are now available for the 2012 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
The trip begins June 13, in Indianapolis, and ends June 21.
According to UDWI REMC CEO Brian L. Sparks, the Indiana delegation will include approximately 75 students from throughout the state, each selected by his/her local cooperative.
In 2011, more than 1,550 students from around the country were in Washington 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 be a leader and make a difference in the world."
The Indiana delegation will meet in Indianapolis Wednesday, June 13, to get acquainted and hear from Indiana legislative leaders during a kick-off dinner featuring Sen. Dan Coats and Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma.
Before departing, students will visit the Hoosier Training Center in Franklin, where they will participate in hands-on learning sessions simulating an electric lineman's job, observe a pole-top rescue, learn about electric safety during a live wire demonstration presented by Kankakee Valley REMC, and more.
New for this year, students and chaperones will make a stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Penn., on their way to Gettysburg, where they will visit the battlefield and museum. The caravan will arrive in Washington, D.C., Saturday, June 16, to begin a full schedule of sight-seeing, visits to the National Memorials -- including the new Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial -- a collection of museums, such as the Newseum and the National Archives, plus a night cruise on the Potomac River and a trip back in history at Medieval Times.
Students will also have an opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and the Youth Leadership Council.
More than 1,500 students -- representing 44 states -- will participate in the "Youth Tour Rally," Monday, June 18, 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.
Leadership lessons will be intertwined with the itinerary throughout the week.
Indiana's electric cooperatives have hosted the Youth Tour since 1960, providing hundreds of young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit the nation's capital and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry.
For more information about the 2012 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour or to receive an application, contact UDWI REMC at 812-384-4445 or 1-800-489-7362 or log on to www.udwiremc.com.