Youth Tour

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, 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 deadline for applying for the 2019 youth tour has passed.  Applications for the 2020  youth tour will be made available on this web page in Nov. 2019

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Youth Tour attendees at Florida state capitol

Youth Tour attendees inside Florida Supreme Court

Youth Tour attendees inside the Florida House of Representatives

Youth Tour attendees outside Florida Supreme Court

Youth Tour attendees at Governor's Mansion