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2024 Washington Youth Tour Heads to Nation’s Capital

Nashville, TN – This morning, 185 high school juniors, teachers and co-op chaperones from across Tennessee left for the nation’s capital as part of the 2024 Washington Youth Tour. Sponsored by Tennessee’s consumer-owned electric cooperatives and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, these students will spend the week learning about the nation’s government, history and public policy.

“We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for Tennessee’s young leaders,” said Todd Blocker, tour director and vice president of member services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “The Washington Youth Tour is a life-changing experience that empowers students with knowledge about our government and inspires them to be active, informed citizens. Our electric co-ops are proud to support the growth and development of these exceptional young individuals.”

One of the participating students, Blake Goodman from DeKalb County High School and delegate from Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, shared her excitement about the trip. “I am excited to have this opportunity!” she said. “I’ve already made great friends, and I am super excited to learn more about our country’s history.”

The chaperones, who are employees of electric cooperatives across the state, play a crucial role in guiding and mentoring the students throughout the tour. Rachel Human, a chaperone from Plateau Electric Cooperative, expressed her enthusiasm for the program. “It’s so rewarding to see these students experience the nation’s capital and witness their growth throughout the week,” she said. “The Washington Youth Tour is not just a trip; it’s an investment in the future leaders of our communities.”

The Washington Youth Tour began over 50 years ago and demonstrates electric cooperative commitment to fostering leadership and education among young people. By providing this unique learning experience, Tennessee’s electric co-ops are helping to shape the next generation of informed, engaged citizens.

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