Youth Tour

Every February, Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) sponsors a tour of Tallahassee for 10 high school Juniors in our service territory. While in Tallahassee, the students are introduced to the cooperative business model and Florida’s legislative process. The 2021 Youth Tour will be held from February 17 to 18.


  • Tour of the state capitol
  • Participation in a mock bill debate on the floor of the senate or house of representatives
  • Visits to the Florida Supreme Court and offices of our state legislators

SVEC pays all tour expenses and provides chaperones.


To be eligible for the tour, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in the 11th grade of a high school, private school, or home school in SVEC’s service territory
  • Have an unweighted grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Be a dependent of an SVEC member
  • Cannot be a child or grandchild of a current SVEC employee or trustee

Essay & Tour Application

  • Students will be chosen based on a 250- to 500-word essay they submit on how cooperatives can reach out and engage with people of their generation
  • Essay and completed Youth Tour Application Form (PDF) must be received by SVEC no later than 4:30 pm on January 22, 2021
  • Essays and application forms can be:

National Rural Electric Youth Tour

  • 2 of the students who go on the Tallahassee tour will also be selected to represent SVEC in Washington, D.C. for the National Rural Electric Youth Tour scheduled for June 16 to 21, 2021
  • They will be flown to Washington and join students from around the country on visits to sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian, and Mount Vernon
  • SVEC will pay for the trip