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Jayden Daniel of Putnam County and Esteban Zabala of Baldwin County have been chosen to participate in the 2023 Washington Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid leadership experience sponsored by Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives, including Tri-County EMC.

Washington Youth Tour has been inspiring the next generation of leaders for over 50 years. This year’s tour, which takes place June 15-22, offers opportunities for students to meet policymakers, tour historic monuments and participate in leadership experiences, all while making new friends from across the state and the nation.

“Preparing the next generation of leaders is crucial to ensuring our community, state and nation will be in good hands,” says Anna Jones with Tri-County EMC. “We see the tour as a way to kindle the spark of leadership in high schoolers by showing them they belong among those willing to step up in service to others.”

Jayden and Esteban will gather with the other 106 teen-delegates in Atlanta to kick off the tour, spending time getting to know each other before departing to our nation’s capital.

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 tour delegates will convene with more than 1,800 youth representing electric cooperatives across the nation 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.”

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