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Youth Leadership Tour 2021

NEC Youth Tour Leadership Program

Each year, NEC sends exceptional students to The Government-in-Action Youth Leadership Tour. The program offers high school students an all-expense-paid trip to learn about various aspects of the government, meet their regional members of Congress and visit historical sites. Each winning applicant will receive the travel package, valued at $3,000 and will join more than 100 other high school students for a tour of the Texas State Capital, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the U.S. House and Senate Chambers, the Supreme Court, Washington National Cathedral, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian Institution and many other national sites. PLUS: Each winner will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, should they attend an accredited Texas college or University. Should the 2021 Youth Leadership Tour be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will instead receive a $4,000 scholarship!


Application Guidelines: 


1. Applicant must be a high school student in junior year of high school and must not have already participated in Youth Tour through any Texas Cooperative.

2. Applicant must have consent of and reside in the home with a parent or legal guardian who is a current member of Nueces Electric Cooperative.

3. Applicant must return the completed application and essay along with a recent head and shoulder digital photo to Kirklan Hinojosa by Friday, January 15, 2021. Applications can be submitted online or via mail, email (, or fax (361.933.1178).

4. Essay must be 400-600 words in length, typed and double-spaced on the topic of:  “In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Texans to spend more time at home than ever before. What can you do to save energywhile spending more time at home?” All  essays become NEC property.

5. Applications will be scored on accuracy of information, grammar, originality and content. Applicants must be able to interview in-person or via skype on Monday, January 25, 2021, if they are selected as Finalists.

6. From the group of Finalists, the Winners will be selected based on the score from their essay and their interview with a panel of judges where they will be scored based on simple knowledge of the Cooperative, knowledge of government, poise, and communication skills. (Possible interview questions will be provided to Finalists ahead of time.)

7. Each Winner must be able to participate in all aspects of the Youth Leadership Tour from June 13 - June 22, 2021, must be able to fly in an airplane and ride in a car or bus for up to 12 hours a day (with breaks).

8. Each Winner must also be able to attend the June 2021 Board of Directors Meeting as well as the October 2021 Annual Meeting (if held in person) to speak on behalf of Youth Tour to encourage others to apply.

9. The Winner’s guardian must sign a waiver of release for the Winner to participate on the Youth Tour.

10. A First Runner-Up will be named to take the place of the Winner should they be unable to meet these requirements or is found to be a poor representative of the Cooperative.


How do you apply? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Download your application here
  2. Print out the paper application and complete
  3. Scan in the application to your computer
  4. Submit the application document to Kirklan Hinojosa, Corporate Communications & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, or at the Youth Tour Leadership Program Application page
  5. Write a 400 - 600 word essay to be included in your online application
  6. Select a Head Shot that you would like to submit in your online application


Trip Dates: June 13 - 22, 2021

Essay Topic: Summer is one of the hottest times of the year, it is also a time when we use the most energy. What are some ways you can conserve energy at home during the summer?


Visit for more information on the Government-In-Action Youth Tour program!

Below is a video from the 2017 Youth Tour which took place June 7th - June 16th:

2017 TEC Youth Tour from Texas Youth Tour on Vimeo.


Co-op Research Information:

What is a Co-op? (PowerPoint presentation from the US Dept. of Agriculture)

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (Co-op Values and Seven Principles)


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