2017 Youth Tour


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2017 Rural Electric Youth Tour winners, Brooke Blair and Chetan Singalreddy

youthtourlogo-1Each year, EnergyUnited seeks applicants for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. The next Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C. will be in June 10-16, 2017.

The program is open to all high school juniors in EnergyUnited’s 19 county service area. Participants must complete an application form and write a brief essay in order to be considered for the contest.

Students who win the two available North Carolina Rural Electric Youth Tour spots sponsored by EnergyUnited, will join 1,500 high school students from the U.S. to learn about electric cooperatives, American history, and the United States government. Students will also visit the historic sites of the nation’s capital and get a chance to meet with their congressional leaders. they’ll also meet with Youth Tour alumni who serve as interns or staffers on Capitol Hill. Representing EnergyUnited on this trip is an excellent way to bolster college applications.

EnergyUnited is proud to announce that 2017 Youth Tour winner, Chetan Singalreddy was chosen to represent the state of North Carolina at the 2017 NRECA Youth Leadership Conference that is being held in Washington D.C. July 15-19. On Saturday, June 10, Chetan delivered a speech at the 2017 Youth Tour Orientation in Raleigh, NC. Youth Tour winners from across North Carolina voted on who they wanted to represent them at the national level and Chetan was chosen! The theme of his speech was “What digital footprint does your co-op have?” Selection was also based on an application, public speaking ability and interaction with fellow youth tourists and advisors. As an added incentive, Chetan will receive a $2,000 college scholarship.



To be eligible for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, the following provisions will govern the acceptance of applicants from the local cooperatives:

  1. Applicants must have completed their junior year in high school, and be enrolled for their senior year at the time of the trip.
  2. Applicants must be residents of a county served by EnergyUnited: Alexander, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, Wilkes, and Yadkin. Applicants do not have to receive electric service from EnergyUnited.
  3. Applications and essays must be completed and sent to EnergyUnited no later than Friday, December 30, 2016.


Please write a 500 word letter to an elected official.  The letter may be addressed to a local, state or national representative and should be on a topic important to you.


Click here for the 2017 Youth Tour Application (Application will be available in December 2017)

The top applicants will be invited to an interview in January 2018. From this group, students will be selected to participate in the youth leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Applications and essays must be received by December 31, 2017.  You are welcome to email your completed application, along with your essay (as a Word document) and resume, to: Donnie Shoaf, Communications Specialistat EnergyUnited at: donnie.shoaf@energyunited.com or mail to:

Washington D.C. Youth Tour
Attn: Donnie Shoaf
567 Mocksville Hwy
Statesville, NC 28687-1731

or you may drop off applications to our Statesville office Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm to the address shown above.

“The EnergyUnited Youth Tour has been one the most informative, influential, and noteworthy experiences of my life. As I embarked on a week long journey across Washington D.C., I got the unique opportunity to stand in the presence of some of our country’s most beloved and memorialized relics and markers, that are remnant from various periods of our nation’s past. I also had the honor to meet and communicate with some of North Carolina’s most prominent figures that represent us both in the United States Congress and all over the nation. This entire trip would have been impossible without the outpouring support and care from not only EnergyUnited, but everyone involved in the Youth Tour. I am extremely thankful for EnergyUnited for allowing me to participate in such an extraordinary trip and aiding me in attaining more doors of opportunities.”

— Anisha Ponnapati, 2016 Youth Tour Winner

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