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The Government-in-Action Youth Tour


The Government-in-Action Youth Tour sends Texas high school students on an educational and fun trip to Washington, D.C., through a nationwide program sponsored by electric cooperatives. Texas’ electric cooperatives have been sending students on Youth Tour since 1965, and so far, more than 3,800 Texas youths have gone on this memorable trip.

Those thousands of Texas Youth Tour alumni now have more ways than ever to reconnect with their friends and memories. In honor of the program’s 50-plus years, Texas Electric Cooperatives unveiled Your Tour magazine and the Texas Youth Tour Alumni Facebook page.

Explore this website to find out more about how alumni can reconnect and how the next generation of Youth Tour participants can apply.

About The Trip

What: An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to tour national historic sites, experience cultural diversity, meet U.S. congressional representatives, and learn about electric cooperatives and the utility industry

Who: High school students and their peers from around the nation who have won contests at their local electric cooperatives

Why: Because then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, an advocate of rural electrification, suggested in 1957 “sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents”

Where: Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

When: 10 days in June

How: Students who win their electric co-op’s contest earn sponsorship valued at $3,500 for the trip, organized by Texas Electric Cooperatives and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


To be eligible for the contest, students must:

  1. Be high school age, in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade
  2. Reside in the home of a parent or legal guardian who is a FULL TIME resident within Fayette Electric’s service territory and has an active FEC account

Children, siblings and grandchildren of employees and directors of Fayette Electric Cooperative, Inc. are not eligible to participate in the contest.

Applicants who qualify as a finalist will need to be available for an in-person interview on February 7, 2020.

For additional information, please contact Catherine Poppe by phone at 979-968-3181 or

Fayette Electric Cooperative