Each year, SVEC sponsors a tour of Tallahassee for ten high school Juniors in our service territory. While in Tallahassee, the students are introduced to the cooperative business model and Florida’s legislative process. Possible activities include:
- Tour of the state capitol
- Participation in a mock bill debate on the floor of the senate or house of representatives
- Tour of the governor’s mansion
- Visit to Florida Supreme Court
SVEC pays for 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 or home school in SVEC’s service territory and have an unweighted grade point average of at least 3.0. The student must also be a dependent of an SVEC member, but cannot be a child or grandchild of a current SVEC employee or trustee.
Students will be chosen to participate in the tour based on a 250–500 word essay they submit on how cooperatives can reach out and engage with people of their generation.
The next youth tour will be held Feb. 20-21, 2019. Completed tour applications must be received by SVEC by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 18.