San Bernard Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Government-in-Action Youth Tour
Memories of an all-expense-paid week in Washington, D.C., can last a lifetime for Texas high school students
For high school students who grow up in rural Texas, visiting a place like Washington, D.C., might sound like a far-away dream. But every year, more than 100 such students are given the opportunity to travel to the capital for an intensive week-long tour—and it doesn't cost them a dime.
In June, the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, sponsored by the state's electric cooperatives in conjunction with Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, sends select students on an all-expense-paid trip to the nation's capital. In Washington, tour participants get to see with their own eyes sights they may have only experienced in history books or on television.
In addition to visiting monuments, museums, and historical sites that would be a part of any standard tour of the capital, the students also fulfill the ambition of then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who inspired the Youth Tour with his desire expressed in 1957 for young people to "actually see what the flag stands for and represents."
Tour participants get to meet their members of Congress, hear inspirational speakers, and interact with other Youth Tour participants from across the country. Texas' students also have the chance to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, visit the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives' chambers, and the Library of Congress.
After the intense week on the go—traveling, eating, and touring together—many of the Youth Tour participants form fast friendships that continue after they return home. Inspired by their trip, some Youth Tour alumni have gone on to enter public service. And almost to a person, those who have gone on the Youth Tour have called it "the trip of a lifetime."
Applications are closed for the 2022 Youth Tour. Please visit us in the fall for the Youth Tour 2023 Application.
To All 2022 SBEC Youth Tour Applicants:
SBEC has been made aware of some changes to the normal Youth Tour experience and protocols. The City of Washington D.C. has implemented the following vaccine mandate, effective January 15, 2022. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which facilitates the Youth Tour in D.C. and The Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC) which facilitates the Youth Tour in Texas are both monitoring the mandate and how they will have to modify the trip arrangements to accommodate this mandate. As of today, any Youth Tour participant would be required to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, proof of medical or religious exemption with a negative PCR or antigen test within the last 24 hours to enter the outlined businesses. SBEC wants to make any potential Youth Tour applicants aware of this new mandate from The City of Washington D.C..
These Washington D.C. Mandates were placed beginning January 15, 2022 and are subject to change.