Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of theNational Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
The Youth Tour requires greater number of participants make it economically feasible to go. This requires all the South Dakota Cooperatives to collaborate. Unfortunately, the landscape of changing restrictions, mandates, and logistics have decreased the participation numbers. Therefore, a trip to Washington D.C. this year would be a shell of a trip compared to the previous years and it was decided that it would be best to pivot and take another approach. So, this year the Electric Cooperatives in the State, including West River Electric, will put together an in-state event that will be fun and create value to our youth. Right now, the date and the location are still to be determined. We do know that we will use the same signup process so those that have signed up will be eligible and any students that still want to take advantage of this new opportunity can sign up by clicking below.