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Above left: A group of delegates shake hands and talk with U.S. Rep.Vicky Hartzler in a meeting room just off the floor of the House of Representatives in 2019. Above right: Students from the 2018 Youth Tour look over some of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Below
left: Delegates stop for a selfie in front of the White House in 2016. Below right: In 1979, delegates gathered on the White House South Lawn.
Upon the cancellation of the 2020 Youth Tour due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, staff from the co-ops started looking
for ways to do something virtual. Most winners were granted scholarship money in lieu of the trip, but they were
still able to participate in parts of the trip. NRECA hosted
weekly video sessions where students heard from motivational speakers and learned about co-ops, D.C and each
other. The students were also separated into their respective congressional districts and were able to take part in a
video conference with their elected officials online.
This year, the students will spend a pair of days at their
local electric cooperative alongside their peers and one day
with a larger group split between six regions of the state.
The delegates will hear from speakers including electric
cooperative employees and Missouri Youth Tour alumni, including a current Secret Service agent who went on
Youth Tour in 1995. The final speaker is Dan Meers - the
man inside the KC Wolf mascot costume at Kansas City
Chiefs games. They will video conference with their elected
officials and take virtual tours of the U.S. Capitol, Arling-

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ton National Cemetery and FDR Memorial.
" Obviously, we would prefer to be able to host a traditional Youth Tour this year, " Chris says. " But we're trying
to replicate the process in Missouri as much as possible to
honor the delegates' achievements. "
The delegates will return in 2022 and carry on the Missouri Youth Tour traditions and become immersed in all
that D.C. has to offer.
" That trip changed my life in so many different ways, "
says Lexi, who was named to the Youth Leadership Council in 2015 and received the prestigious Glenn English
Scholarship from NRECA in 2018. " There's something
special about that Missouri charm that all these teenagers
with different interests and beliefs can get together. There's
so much room for growth and connection that expands
beyond our individual backgrounds. I just loved it. "
For more information on Youth Tour visit www.electric.
coop/our-‚Äčorganization/youth-programs or www.amec.coop/
content/youth-programs.

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