2013 Youth Tour
Two Indiana high school students, chosen by WIN Energy REMC to participate, were among 77 from Indiana and over 1,500 from 43 states who participated in the electric cooperative Youth Tour to Washington D.C., from June 13-20.
Area students making the trip were: Alek Copeland from North Central High School in Farmersburg and Daniel Welage from Rivet High School in Vincennes. Also making the trip was Leslie Beard, Manager of Marketing and Communications at WIN Energy, who served as one of the 7 chaperones for the Indiana students.
This year’s tour was the 49th annual event, a joint effort of local electric cooperatives, the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. A highlight of the tour’s face-to-face lessons on civic participation included meeting with Senator Joe Donnelly and Representative Larry Bucshon (R-08).
Other congressional representatives who met with the youth included:
- Representative Susan Brooks (R-05)
- Representative Luke Messer (R-06)
- Representative Todd Rokita (R-04)
- Representative Marlin Stutzman (R-03)
- Representative Jackie Walorski (R-02)
- Representative Todd Young (R-09)
- Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Coats, Dean Hingson
“We want to personally thank Senator Donnelly and Representative Bucshon for speaking with the Youth Tour students from WIN Energy,” Beard commented. “Having them take time out of their hectic schedules to meet with our Youth Tour students sends a message about the important leadership role they can play through civic engagement at the local, state or national level.”
The trip experiences directly relate to one of the primary cooperative principles — investment in education.
“It takes a team effort to put this trip together and the payback is immeasurable," said Beard. "What these students learned by participating in Youth Tour will impact their lives far into the future.”
The tour included visits to Gettysburg National Military Park Battlefield, Arlington Cemetery, the U.S. Capitol, Marine Corp Museum and various monuments and museums on the National Mall. “It was an action-packed trip with one cool stop after another. I learned about politics up-close, saw things I’d only heard about before, and got a better understanding of why history matters,” stated Copeland. Welage added, “This trip gave me the opportunity to meet so many new people and make friendships that will last a lifetime. I am grateful to have been selected for such an amazing experience.”
2012 Youth Tour
High school juniors will join other Indiana youth on a trip of a lifetime on the 2012 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The trip begins on June 13 in Indianapolis and ends on June 21.
WIN Energy REMC is pleased to announce the selection of Dale Stephen Bender for the 2012 Youth Tour. Indiana’s Touchstone Energy® cooperatives have hosted the Youth Tour since 1960, providing hundreds of young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry.
The Indiana delegation will include 81 students from throughout the state, each selected by his/her local cooperative. In 2011, over 1,550 students from around the country were in Washington for the conference.
WIN Energy REMC is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for local students. It’s a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sights, make new friends and learn how everyone, even young people, can be a leader and make a difference in the world.
The Indiana delegation will meet in Indianapolis on Wednesday, June 13 to get acquainted and hear from Indiana legislative leaders during a kick-off dinner featuring state legislators and Indiana Speaker of the House Brian Bosma. Before departing to head east, students will visit the Hoosier Training Center in Franklin, Ind., where they will participate in hands-on learning sessions simulating an electric lineman’s job, observe a pole-top rescue, learn about electric safety during a live wire demonstration presented by Kankakee Valley REMC, and much more.
New for this year, students and chaperones will make a stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA, on their way to Gettysburg where they will visit the battlefield and museum. The caravan will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon to begin a full schedule of sight-seeing, visits to the National Memorials – including the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – a collection of museums, such as the Newseum and the National Archives, plus a night cruise on the Potomac River and a trip back in history at Medieval Times® . Students will also have an opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and the Youth Leadership Council.
Over 1,500 students from rural electric cooperatives in 44 states will participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s “Youth Tour Rally” on Monday morning where they will share their thoughts and opinions on a variety of timely issues. This will prepare them for a busy Tuesday on Capitol Hill, when students visit with representatives of Indiana’s Congressional delegation. Leadership lessons will be intertwined with the itinerary throughout the week.
2011 Youth Tour
High school juniors have a chance to join other Indiana youth on a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. Indiana’s electric cooperatives have hosted the Youth Tour since 1960, providing hundreds of young hoosiers the opportunity to visit our nation’s capitol and learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry. WIN Energy REMC sponsored Jessica Welage to attend the 2011 tour. This trip marks the 52nd year that Indiana’s electric cooperatives have hosted the Youth Tour.
This year's trip began on June 9 in Indianapolis with a visit to the Hoosier Training Facility in Franklin, Ind., where delegates took part in several hands-on activities which gave them an idea of the types of work a cooperative lineman performs. Students also learned about electric safety and viewed a pole-top rescue simulation. The orientation program wrapped up with students assembling a miniature electric grid with working lights. Delegates returned home on June 16.
The 2011 Indiana delegation was comprised of 75 students from all over the state, each chosen by his/her local cooperative. This year, over 1,500 students from across the country joined Indiana's delegation in Washington for the four-day conference hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. WIN Energy is pleased to be able to provide this opportunity for our local students. It is a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sights, make new friends and learn how everyone, including young people, can make a difference in the political process.
During the tour, delegates met with Congressmen Joe Donnelly (IN-2) and Todd Young (IN-9); Neil Brown, special advisor to Senator Richard Lugar; and Nebraska State Senator, David Landis. Additional highlights of the 2011 itinerary included the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery; the Lincoln, Jefferson and war memorials, the National Mall Museums, the Newseum, and George Washington's Mount Vernon.