2018 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 9-15, 2018.

The program is open to all high school sophomores and juniors in EnergyUnited’s 19 county service area starting Oct. 1. 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 sophomore or 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, January 5, 2018.


Please write a 500 word letter to an elected official. The letter may be addressed to any: state, local, national representative or the President of the United States and should be on a topic important to you.

arrowClick here for the 2018 Youth Tour Application

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 Friday, January 5, 2018.  You are welcome to email your completed application, along with your essay (as a Word document) and resume, to: Donnie Shoaf, Communications Specialist, 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.


“There are no words to truly describe the life-changing experience that I had at the NC Youth Tour. It was my profound honor to represent EnergyUnited during this journey, and I will be forever thankful for the doors that this venture has opened for me.”


— Chetan Singalreddy, 2017 Youth Tour Winner

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