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Delegates Chosen for 2108 Washington Youth Tour
Daniel Hicks of Jones County and Jenna Mullis of Putnam County have been chosen to represent Tri-County EMC on the 2018 Washington Youth Tour (WYT), an all-expense paid leadership experience sponsored by electric membership cooperatives in Georgia.
For more than 50 years, the WYT has helped promising student leaders become exceptional young adults.
“The Youth Tour was established to inspire the next generation of leaders," said Kim Broun, WYT Coordinator at Tri-County EMC. “This year’s tour offers opportunities for students to meet policy makers, tour historic monuments and participate in leadership experiences all while making new friends from across the state and the nation.”
Teens on the tour are challenged to consider the part they play in government and the cooperative movement, to become engaged citizens and to learn about careers in public service.
The 112 teen-delegates will gather in Atlanta to kick off the tour, spending time getting to know each other before departing for Washington D.C.
When the group arrives in D.C., participants tour historic locations like Mount Vernon, explore museums and monuments and meet with their elected officials to discuss the issues that are important back home. Georgia’s delegation will convene with more than 1,800 youth representing cooperatives across the nation and have the opportunity to mingle with peers from other states and exchange views concerning local and national issues.
Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given 3,000 students in Georgia and more than 50,000 students nationwide the opportunity to take part in this memorable experience. The program was initially implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”