Government-in-Action Youth Tour

Each year, Lamar Electric Cooperative selects two high school students to attend the Government-in-Action Youth Tour. This is an all-expenses-paid guided tour of Washington, D.C., which includes visiting the U.S. Capitol and meeting members of Congress.

The tour typically begins in Austin for Texas participants. From there, the group flies to Washington, D.C., where they meet with approximately 1,500 other students from across the nation. Once in Washington, the tour participants get to see and tour many historic places such as Mount Vernon and the U.S. Capitol, where they can visit with their Texas Congressman, and tour the House and Senate chambers. Also included on the tour are historic sites like the National Cathedral, Ford’s Theatre and the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, FDR Memorial, Kennedy Center, Kennedy’s grave, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon, as well as the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Eligible students must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade and live full-time in a residence served by Lamar Electric Cooperative or attend one of the three high schools served by the co-op: Prairiland, Detroit and Faith Christian.  Home-schooled students served by Lamar Electric Cooperative are also eligible.

The applications must be complete with a two-page essay, double spaced, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins. The topic this year is “If you had the opportunity to change one thing about your school or community, what would it be and why?” Submit essay and completed application to or in person at 5225 US Hwy 82 E. Blossom, TX 75416.  The deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2024. Selections will be announced no later than February 15, 2024.

See below for the Government-in-Action Youth Tour application

2024 Youth Tour Application