Carroll EMC Accepting Applications for Washington Youth Tour
Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative is accepting applications from area high school students, who will be 16 by June 2019, to compete for an all-expense-paid spot on the 2019 Washington Youth Tour. The week-long once-in-a-lifetime leadership trip offers participants the opportunity to experience U.S government and U.S. history up-close while having fun, making new friends, and gaining leadership skills.
If chosen, the students will become one of the three delegates sponsored by Carroll EMC and join more than 110 teens from other EMCs across Georgia to represent the state during the 2019 Washington Youth Tour to be held June 13-20, 2019.
The fast-paced, high-energy program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, expose them to the nation’s rich history through visits to national monuments and museums, and encourage students to become politically aware citizens.
“The Washington Youth Tour not only taught me more about the exceptional individuals who have helped to shape the history of my nation, it allowed me to meet and form bonds with exceptional individuals in my community, who I know will become the great leaders and history-makers of our nation’s future,” said last year’s delegate, Anna Handley.
That sentiment, expressed by many former delegates, underscores the significance of the program – to participate in an unforgettable week-long journey in the nation’s capital that includes face-to-face meetings with state and national leaders, leadership training, and discussions on important issues with students from other states.
The tour begins in Georgia where students get to know each other before boarding an airplane and flying to Washington, D.C. where they connect with more than 1,800 students from across the country. Plans are in the works to cruise down the Potomac River; lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery; meet with Georgia’s U.S. senators and representatives; take photos outside the White House and tour the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Capitol, Mount Vernon and the National Cathedral.
Students will visit memorials honoring Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington; Martin Luther King Jr.; World War II; the Korean and Vietnam Veterans memorials; and watch the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Platoon perform at the Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima statue) as well as spend time at the Smithsonian, Newseum and Holocaust Museums.
Applications can be found on our website, www.carrollemc.com, from November 1 to February 15.