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Youth Tour

Amber Schroeder returns from Washington, D.C.

Amber Schroeder of Nevis was among more than 1,500 high school students from across the country who participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour held June 10-15, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative sponsored Amber on this all-expense-paid trip.

Each year in June, high school students from across the country have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for an action-filled week to learn more about electric cooperatives, visit famous historical monuments, meet and ask questions of legislators and get to know fellow students from other states.

Amber and 39 students from Minnesota toured the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt Memorials, saw the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, toured Mount Vernon, honored the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks at the 911 Pentagon Memorial, visited the Smithsonian and toured the Capitol where they met with Senators Franken and Klobuchar, and visited with other Minnesota Representatives.

“This trip is definitely something that I will never forget. Through this trip, not only was I able to meet fun and fascinating people my age from across the country, but I also made some great friends. Being able to experience our capital with these amazing people made it that much more incredible! Learning about our country’s history has never been so fun! I would like to thank the people of the Itasca-Mantrap Co-op for sending me on this amazing trip!”

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored nearly 50,000 high school students for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington, D.C. For more information about the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Program, visit or


Youth Tour Application Form


Links for more information on the Youth Tour

NRECA Youth Tour website

The Official Twitter Page of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Youth Tour Video – Investing in the Leaders of Tomorrow

YouTube Youth Leadership Council: 21st Century Leader


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