The Montgomery Youth Tour is a fun educational trip for high school juniors sponsored by local electric cooperatives. Covington Electric Cooperative sponsors students from high schools within its service area to attend the Montgomery Youth Tour each year. Those students are selected through an essay competition held in the fall.
Electric cooperatives throughout Alabama sponsor students to attend the Montgomery Youth Tour held in March. The trip gets kicked off with team building activities and later participants enjoy a round of cosmic bowling. Students are inspired by motivational speaker Cea Cohen Elliot’s presentation which focuses on making wise choices and standing strong against peer pressure. After lunch, the students begin tours of downtown Montgomery which included stops at the Capitol, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and more.
That evening, students enjoy a dinner and dance. The Youth Tour ends on Thursday with a final group tour at the Alabama State House where students hear from congressional leaders about current issues impacting our state. They have a chance to ask lawmakers questions during this visit.
Also in March, the Montgomery Youth Tour winners compete for four slots to attend the national Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. They are given a test on co-op facts and are interviewed by a panel of judges. They also enjoy a catered luncheon held in their honor. The Washington winners are announced via a group text with all participants and counselors are notified via email that afternoon.
The purpose of the Youth Tour is to inform young people about how cooperatives benefit their members, to see government in action, and to meet other young people from across the state and nation while visiting historical sites and landmarks.
The Youth Tour essay topic varies from year to year. A detailed brochure about the program and requirements is given to all high school juniors at schools served by CEC when a representative visits those schools to present the program. All essays must have an application attached when submitted to the guidance counselors by the stated deadline each year. All applicants receive a notification letters before the Thanksgiving holiday.