Become Part of the Legacy

Students can apply for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Since their founding more than 80 years ago, Texas’ electric cooperatives have been committed to empowering the communities they serve. That mission includes providing electricity, but it’s so much more. Co-ops not only power homes and businesses across rural and suburban Texas but also invest time, energy and compassion into improving their members’ quality of life.

That means investing in our young people—the leaders of tomorrow. And one of the main ways Wood County Electric Cooperative works to empower local youths is through the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, a 10-day, guided trip to Austin and Washington, D.C.

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, WCEC is proud to sponsor a high school student from its service area to participate in Youth Tour, June 12-21, 2022.

Texas’ electric cooperatives sent their first Youth Tour delegation to Washington in 1965. The group of 58 deserving teens joined their peers from across Co-op Country to explore the capital, meet with their congressional representatives to discuss important issues and broaden their view of the world. Since then, more than 4,400 Texas students have gone on the unforgettable trip.

A trip of a lifetime, students will visit Austin before taking a charted jet to Washington D.C. to tour Smithsonian museums, federal monuments, the museum of the bible, and Arlington National Cemetery to participate in a wreath laying ceremony, to name a few.

To apply, eligible entrants must:

  • Be a high school Sophomore or Junior.
  • Be a dependent of a WCEC member with permanent resident status in the co-op’s service area.
  • Submit a approximately 500 word essay on the topic: Electricity Powers America
  • Include the Youth Tour Application.

Applications must arrive at WCEC by February 11, 2022. They can be submitted at, dropped off or mailed to Co-op headquarters at 501 S. Main Street, Quitman, TX, 75410.

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