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.

Activities may include:

  • Tour of the state capitol
  • Visit to Florida Supreme Court
  • Participation in a mock bill debate on the floor of the senate or house of representatives
  • Tour of the governor’s mansion

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 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 are 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.

Two of the students who go on the Tallahassee tour are selected to represent SVEC in Washington, D.C. for the National Rural Electric Youth Tour held in June each year. They are 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 pays all tour expenses and provides chaperones for this trip as well.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 Youth Tour has passed. Applications for the 2021 Youth Tour will be made available at local high schools and on this web page in Nov. 2020.

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Youth Tour attendees inside Florida Supreme Court

Youth Tour attendees outside Florida Supreme Court