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 a team building activity 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 two 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 enjoy a catered luncheon held in their honor. The winners are announced shortly after the last interview is complete.
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 topic of this year’s essay is The Power of Membership. In a cooperative, you are a member and not just a customer. Students need to explain the difference this relationship makes and why being a member has advantages. The essay must be 500 words or more, typed and double spaced. All essays must have an application attached when submitted to the guidance counselors. The deadline to submit an essay and application is Nov. 1, 2018. All applicants will receive a notification letter before the Thanksgiving holiday. If your child did not receive a brochure with application, but they are interested in participating in the program, please contact the school’s guidance counselor.