2019 Youth Tour


2018 Rural Electric Youth Tour winners, Kirsten Barker and Maddie Love

Each year, EnergyUnited seeks applicants for the Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington D.C.. The next Rural Electric Youth Tour is scheduled for June 15-21, 2019

The program is open to  high school sophomores and juniors in EnergyUnited’s 19 county service area (re restrictions below) starting Oct. 1. Participants must complete an application form, write a brief essay and submit a resume in order to be considered.

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, explore museums, memorials, monuments 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 and have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bond with fellow students.

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.




  • Students must reside in a home OR attend a high school serviced by EnergyUnited (see our website to confirm if you live in our service area or see below for qualifying schools)Schools that qualify
Central Davidson Sr. High
South Davidson High
Ledford High
Davie County Early College
Davie County High
North Iredell High
West Iredell High
Hopewell High
William Amos Hough High


  • Students must complete an application and send to EnergyUnited no later than Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Students must submit a resume and send with application to EnergyUnited no later than Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Student must write & submit responses to either  questions/statements below: (each essay/response should be no longer than 500 words).


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.

1) In the future, our country will demand more energy as technology develops. As a young leader, please explain how technology will change the way we consume energy over the next five-ten years.


2) Please write a letter to an elected official about a topic important to you. The letter may be addressed to any: state, local, national representative or the President of the United States.


arrowClick here for the 2019 Youth Tour Application

The top applicants will be invited to an interview in January 2019. 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 4, 2019.  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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