Youth Tour

What Is It?

Two young boys in suits, standing in front of the Capitol BuildingIt’s called The Youth Tour, and it’s an opportunity for you to go to Washington, D.C. with about 40 other rising seniors from all over North Carolina. When you get to D.C., you’ll join 1,600 students from across the nation there for the same purpose – to visit the Smithsonian, Capitol Hill, Arlington National Cemetery, and several memorials. You’ll learn about American history and the electric cooperative business model. That’s pretty cool because it’s your local electric cooperative, the company that provides the power to your home, that’ll be giving you the scholarship to go on the trip.

Entry Procedure

Complete an application and an essay and mail or return to our offices by the deadline. Contact Julia Allsbrook for an application.

Essay Contest:

  • Write a brief (200-250 words) essay.
  • Applications may be picked up from a guidance counselor at your school or at the Enfield/Macon offices of Halifax EMC.

Attach your essay to the application and mail to:

Youth Tour
Halifax EMC
P.O. Box 667
Enfield, NC 27823

Or deliver to:

Halifax EMC
208 West Whitfield Street
Enfield, NC 27823

Deadline: January 13, 2023

Who May Apply

Current High School Juniors who live in a household served by Halifax EMC and/or whose parents/guardians are served by Halifax EMC.

Check It Out

Go to NC Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour or NRECA Youth Programs to get highlights from the previous tours. You can also join our Facebook page by searching for North Carolina Youth Tour on

One or Two Students May be Selected to Go on the Youth Tour

Two young girls in dresses standing side by side in front of a building with columnsThe student(s) selected to go on the 2023 Youth Tour will be chosen based on the essay submitted. One or two students may be chosen from one county or one student from each of two counties. Students will be notified as soon as the selection is made.

The Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association and coordinated by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives and the local electric cooperatives. It is a week-long, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, and will be held June 17-23, 2023. Students from North Carolina and all over the nation will meet in Washington for a fun-filled and educational week.

For more information, contact Julia Allsbrook at (252) 445-5113, Ext. 2034