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Rural Electric Youth Tours

The Washington D.C. National Rural Electric Youth Tour, sponsored by your local electric cooperative, the Alabama Rural Electric Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is part of a grassroots program to educate high school juniors and seniors on the electric cooperative program and the cooperative ideas for which it stands.


Approximately 45 students from Alabama travel to Washington D.C. for the week-long tour, joining more than 1,500 students from across the nation. The tour is jam-packed with fun-filled activities and visits to America’s most popular and historic places. Stops along the way include the U.S. Capitol, the Korean and Vietnam memorials, the Kennedy Center, Arlington Natinal Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Insititution among countless other museums and areas of interest.

A special event during the tour is Rural Electric Youth Day, when students hear from prominent speakers and take part in a “Town Hall” meeting. Perhaps the most significant part of the tour the opportunity is for students to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives. The future leaders of tomorrow have the chance to chat with our leaders of today.

The six-day adventure ends with the All-States Farewell Dance when students get a chance to strengthen life-long friendships with fellow students from the 43 participating states. Although the youth tour experience is filled with fun activities, its overall purpose is to increase students understanding of the value of rural electrification, help them become more familiar with the historical and political environment of the nation’s capitol through visits to monuments, government buildings and cooperative organizations…and visit elected officials  to increase students knowledge of how the federal government works.

Montgomery Youth Tour Held In Spring

Selected students who participate in the local competitions are invited to travel to Montgomery each Spring, where they join more than 130 other high school juniors representing electric cooperatives for the Montgomery Youth Tour. There, these students have the opportunity to take part in activities such as Q&A sessions with representatives about topics that interest them; tour the Civil Rights Memorial, the Capitol and the State House; visit the Rosa Parks Museum and the State Judicial Building; and even have breakfast and lunch with state lawmakers. The trip includes a dinner dance, where students have a chance to get to know representatives from other Alabama cooperatives.

The purpose of the Alabama Youth Tour and the National Rural Electric Youth Tour is simple: to help students develop a greater understanding about their electric cooperative and its leadership role in their community. The events also allow delegates to make new friends from across the state…friends who share their pride in their local communities. This is a unique opportunity to educate the leaders of tomorrow about electric cooperative ideas and the workings of state government.

Become a part of the experience…participate in the Alabama Youth Tour Program.

Clarke-Washington EMC's Nolie Ramsey Selected As Youth Leadership Council Delegate

Each state's yotuh tour delegation chooses a student representative for NRECA's Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The YLC is introduced on stage as part of the Youth Day program. YLC members come back to Washington, D.C. in July for a leadership workshop that will focus on the electric cooperative industry. YLC members will also be part of NRECA's Annual Meeting the following spring. 

Nolie Ramsey is the daughter of Dallas Ramsey and Emily Tyler of Pine Hill, AL. She represented Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Cooperative during the Montgomery and Washington D.C. Youth Tour, and was selected to be Alabama's Youth Leadership Council delegate in 2012.

She is a senior at Thomasville High School where she is actively involved in the Tiger Theatre program. She is Leo Club President and holds leadership positions in FCCLA and Thespian Honor Society. She is also involved in National Honor Society, Impact Club and Mu Alpha Theta. Nolie has received the Lions Club Youth Leaders Silver Award 2008-2012. She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church and enjoys photography, piano, singing and reading.

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