*Expenses paid
*Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in High School
*Student must reside in a home served by Tri-County Electric Cooperative


Application Due: February 2, 2024

Youth Day - Springfield, IL 
March 20, 2024 

Wyndham Springfield City Center 
IL State Capitol 

Two finalists from each county served by Tri-County Electric Cooperative (Jefferson, Marion, and Washington) will be chosen to travel to Springfield, IL for The Illinois Cooperative Youth Day.  

Youth Day is a trip to the Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois, where students visit government offices, watch the legislative process in action, meet with their elected representatives, hear speeches on topics of the day and participate in activities with other youth from around Illinois.

Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their Representative and Senators. While student groups are organized at the state level, they all come together for Youth Day, where they get to meet each other and hear featured speakers who provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their communities. Watch the video below to learn more!


Youth Tour
June 14- 21, 2024

Washington D.C. 

Three out of the six Youth Day finalists will be selected to attend Youth Tour in Washington D.C. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week in June every year since the late 1950s. Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. We believe that students should see their nation’s capital up close, learn about the political process, and interact with their elected officials.

Youth Tour is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding students to better understand the value of rural electrification. It familiarizes you with the historical and political environment of our nation’s Capital through first-hand looks at monuments, government buildings, and cooperative organizations.

Students will create lasting memories while visiting the Civil War Battlefield at Gettysburg, the National Cathedral, Smithsonian Museums, George Washington's home, Supreme Court, Kennedy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Holocaust Museum, among many other sites. 


Both trips are chaperoned by adults and are expense-free for the students.

Students must reside in a home served by Tri-County. (Home School students may participate as well!).  


Ready to apply?  Click here for the paper application or Apply Online Here

Questions?  Contact:

Lynn Hutchison, Director of Member Services
618-244-5151 ext. 234