We've extended the deadline for application submissions! Please apply by Friday, January 17, 2020 (by midnight - online or by email) or drop off to our office location by 5 p.m. Friday.
Every year GVP sponsors the Washington D.C., Youth Tour and Cooperative Leadership Camp for high school juniors and seniors!
One student receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June, for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. They will join approximately 1,800 other students from cooperatives across the U.S. for a week of touring historical sites, meeting legislators, learning about the cooperative business model and having a fantastic time in our nation’s capital.
Two students will also attend the Colorado Electric Education Institute’s Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) in Clark, Colorado, just outside Steamboat Springs, in July. Here they will join approximately 90 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming to improve upon their leadership skills, set up and operate a cooperative, participate in legislative forums and enjoy some classic Colorado activities like rafting and touring the Trapper Mine.
So don't delay - apply today!
My trip has affected me in the most positive way. It has reminded me of the endless possibilities our country has to offer, but it has more than anything, made me proud to be an American.Kianna Colaizzi
Youth Tour and Camp Information
During your all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., you’ll have the opportunity to connect with over 1,800 high school juniors and seniors from around the United States. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. Over 40,000 students, from cooperatives across America like Grand Valley Power, have participated in this unique program. It is an opportunity for an experience of a lifetime and to make some great new friends. The dates for the Youth Tour are June 18- 25, 2020.
You can more information about the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour on NRECA's website.
The Cooperative Leadership Camp is an all-expense-paid trip to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs. High school juniors and seniors from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming will gather at a beautiful resort located along the Elk River and spend the week at an outstanding Leadership Camp. You’ll participate in activities to improve personal goals, set up and run your own cooperative, and get an inside view of the state and national legislatures. There is plenty of time spent rafting the Colorado River, hiking to Fish Creek Falls, riding the gondola to Mt. Werner, banquets, BBQ's, dancing and more. Many of the attendees call this camp a “life-changing” experience. This year's trip will be from July 11-16, 2020.
Eligible applicants must be:
1. High school students* that are at least 16 years of age on or before the selected trip,
2. Dependents of parents or guardians that are members of Grand Valley Power.
*You must currently still be attending high school at the time of application. If you will have graduated during the summer of 2020, you are still eligible to attend the tour or camp.
Complete the 2020 Youth Tour and Leadership Camp Application by online submission (see below), or print the PDF and fill out the required information.
Submit an essay (minimum length of 500 words) covering the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend the Washington D.C. Youth Tour or Camp?
- What are some of your hobbies, extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences or academic achievements that you would like us to know about?
- What do you hope to gain from this experience?
This essay does not need to be handwritten. We will accept word documents or pdf's as well.
We've extended the deadline this year! Send us your completed application and essay by January 17, 2020 either by online submission (by midnight) or by dropping it off at our main office (by 5 p.m.). We will also accept emailed applications and essays at firstname.lastname@example.org if submitted by midnight. Winners will be contacted by January 27, 2020 and selected by the board of directors community committee.
Applicants will be judged on if the required questions were answered, overall content and grammar.
- Fillable PDF application
- 2020 Washington, D.C., Youth Tour brochure
- 2020 Cooperative Leadership Camp brochure
Please note, the PDF application above will still have our application deadline as January 14, and will not reflect the extended date of January 17. We still will accept this application if it meets the extended deadline!
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