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Youth Tour

2017 YOUTH TOUR WINNERS San Bernard Electric Cooperative, Inc.



Government-in-Action Youth Tour
Memories of an all-expense-paid week in Washington, D.C., can last a lifetime for Texas high school students

For high school students who grow up in rural Texas, visiting a place like Washington, D.C., might sound like a far-away dream. But every year, more than 100 such students are given the opportunity travel to the capital for an intensive week long tour—and it doesn't cost them a dime.

In June, the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, sponsored the state's electric cooperatives in conjunction with Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, sends select students on an all-expense-paid trip to the nation's capital. In Washington, tour participants get to see with their own eyes sights they may have only experienced in history books or on television. 

In addition to visiting monuments, museums and historical sites that would be a part of any standard tour of the capital, the students also fulfill the ambition of then-U.S. Sen. Lyndon Johnson, who inspired the Youth Tour with his desire expressed in 1957 for young people to "actually see what the flag stands for and represents."

Tour participants get to meet their members of Congress, hear inspirational speakers and interact with other Youth Tour participants from across the country. Texas' students also have the chance to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, visit the Supreme Court, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives' chambers and the Library of Congress.

After the intense week on the go—traveling, eating and touring together—many of the Youth Tour participants form fast friendships that continue after they return home. Inspired by their trip, some Youth Tour alumni have gone on to enter public service. And almost to a person, those who have gone on the Youth Tour have called it "the trip of a lifetime."



Contest Rules and Eligibility Requirements:

  1. The winner must be able to participate in the Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. on June 17-26, 2020
  2. You must have completed your sophomore, junior or senior year of high school by June 2020.
  3. Live in the home of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who is a current San Bernard member and whose primary residence is in San Bernard’s Service Territory.
  4. Submit a completed application form, two short essays, high resolution digital photo and one original letter of recommendation to San Bernard Electric Cooperative postmarked no later than January 17, 2020.
  5. Past Winners are not eligible.
  6. Attend orientation and interview on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6pm at the Bellville SBEC Office; 309 West Main, Bellville, Texas 77418

2020 Youth Tour Applications

For additional information, please contact Lari Samford at 979-865-3171, ext. 7747 or email her at

Click here to hear what the 2018 Youth Tour Participants had to say about the Government-In-Action Youth Tour!



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