National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. is one way that KIUC invests in our youth. Electric cooperatives are different than other utilities and as your locally owned electric co-op, KIUC’s business plan involves giving back to the community.
Every June since the late 1950s, high school students have been sponsored by local electric cooperatives to visit Washington, D.C. KIUC sends four students on this trip of a lifetime to visit our nation’s capital because it is important to that our leaders of tomorrow learn about the political process. Youth Tour participants are in their junior year of high school and return to Kauai as stronger leaders, with confidence that they can make a difference.
KIUC partners with Kansas Electric Cooperatives where they travel to meet up with the Kansas delegates to form the Hawaii Kansas group. Delegates get to learn from each other and as a group they travel to Washington, D.C. for a week of touring and learning about our government and history.
Who can apply? Kauai students in their junior year of high school can apply. Applications will be sent to school counselors in November and students who are selected to be interviewed will do so in January.
The dates for the 2022 Youth Tour are June 14-24, 2022.
Youth Leadership Council
Of the four students selected to attend Youth Tour, one will be selected to attend the Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. for leadership training with other representatives of the cooperative community's brightest youth. Each youth is chosen by his or her state delegation while attending the Youth Tour.
The purpose of the YLC is to build leadership skills, public speaking skills, and enhance delegates' knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business. These students also make presentations to their peers at local cooperative annual meetings.
The YLC representative also attends and participates in the resolutions process during NRECA's Annual Meeting. The YLC also selects a national spokesperson to address the membership at the Annual Meeting and Youth Tour delegates the following year.
The Application Process
• Only high school juniors from Kauai are eligible to participate.
• Complete an application and submit it to your high school counselor. If you are homeschooled or attend a private school with no counselor, please contact KIUC if interested.
• High schools will select up to five students to participate in an interview process. Counselors must submit applications, check with your counselor for school deadlines.
• Students will be interviewed on January 17, 2022. You will be notified of your interview time.
• Four students will be selected to attend the 2022 trip, must show proof of vaccination, write a short essay about their experience, attend the KIUC Annual Membership Meeting and participate in KIUC's Youth Leadership Council.