Youth Tour

Notice: 2020 Youth Tour Canceled

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 NRECA Youth Tour to Washington D.C. has been canceled.

Each year, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative holds a contest to select one local sophomore or junior high school student to attend the NRECA Youth Tour.

The trip to Washington, D.C. is an all-expenses paid trip to see our nation’s capital. The winner will travel with approximately 40 other Minnesota teens, and join 1,400 students from across the nation during the Youth Tour. Participants will learn about cooperatives, visit with legislators at the Capitol, see the national monuments, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

The Youth Tour Group.


The contest is open to sophomores and juniors whose parents/guardians are Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative members. Students must submit an application including a one-page typed essay explaining why they wish to attend the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Applications are usually due in February.

Students with the top applications and essays will be invited back for an interview. An interview committee determines the winner, basing the decision on written and verbal responses during the brief interviews, which will be held in early March.