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.
Due to the pandemic, we have canceled Youth Tour for 2022 but are exploring other opportunities for students. We hope to be back in 2023!