Youth Tour

Every February, 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. The 2021 Youth Tour will be held Feb. 17-18.

Activities may include:

  • 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.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, there is a possibility that the 2021 Youth Tour could get cancelled and/or modified to ensure the safety of all involved. If cancelled, SVEC will strive to provide participating students with a comparable experience in lieu of the in-person program.

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 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 to 500-word essay they submit on how cooperatives can reach out and engage with people of their generation.

The essay and a completed tour application form (download here) must be received by SVEC no later than 4:30 p.m., January 22, 2021. Essays and application forms can be emailed to, hand delivered to our office at 11340 100th Street, Live Oak, or mailed to: Youth Tour, c/o Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 160, Live Oak, FL 32064.

Two 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 16-21, 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.

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Youth Tour attendees inside Florida Supreme Court

Youth Tour attendees outside Florida Supreme Court