Youth Tour 2019

More than 1,800 students from across the nation took part in the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour June 15th-20th. Thirty-seven high school students representing Minnesota’s locally-owned electric cooperatives, including TWEC’s representative, Maggie Erickson, took part in this leadership opportunity in Washington, D.C.

Maggie Erickson, a senior this fall at Sebeka High School, attended the 2019 Youth Tour as the representative for Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative. “My favorite part of the trip was seeing our nation’s congress. As someone very interested in politics, watching actual change being made to our country in person was so interesting. Also, observing our very own senators representing Minnesota was a cool moment. We even got a wave from Senator Bernie Sanders,” Erickson says. “I learned that no matter your political opinion, you can still accomplish great things if you cooperate and be respectful.”

Youth Tour students participated in leadership training, engaged in conversations with elected officials, jumpstarted their national peer network, attended educational sessions about cooperatives, and toured the famous sites of Washington, D.C. throughout the trip. Erickson says she learned a lot on the trip, not only about cooperatives and how they work, but also about the impact the younger generation will have.

During the tour, the Minnesota group visited historic sites including Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral, and many monuments. The group also visited several museums including the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Marine Corps Museum, and some of the Smithsonians.

“I would absolutely recommend this trip. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will see and experience things that will stick with you throughout your life. Not to mention getting to meet some amazing people. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity,” Erickson concludes.