The Youth Tour is back! LPEA invites high school juniors within our service territory to represent the co-op at the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

LPEA and other rural electric cooperatives in Colorado are helping develop tomorrow's brightest leaders. Students can build resumes, craft new friendships, and develop essential skills to become leaders in their communities, school, and among their peers. The youth trip also teaches the importance of cooperatives and their principles.

The LPEA Youth Tour application is due Friday, December 16, 2022. Students selected to represent LPEA will be notified in February 2023.


Jun 12-18, 2023  
Spend a week in Washington D.C. with other local student leaders learning the history of cooperatives, meeting with state representatives, and developing leadership skills. 

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C., every June since the late 1950s. Be part of the nearly 1,500 high school students nationwide for a fun-filled, all-expenses-paid week in the nation's capital! 

Colorado Youth Tour participants begin the tour in Denver, where they learn about Colorado's state government and rural electric cooperatives. From Denver, students fly to Washington, D.C., to attend educational seminars and visit with Colorado state representatives in the House and the Senate. Students will also visit historical sites, including the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, and the Smithsonian. 

The Youth Tour is a great way to learn more about our nation's history, develop leadership skills, understand electric cooperatives better, and make lasting friendships. 

LPEA's Youth Tour is open to high school juniors whose primary residence is in LPEA's service territory. LPEA will send one student from each municipality within its service territory – Durango, Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, and Ignacio to the Cooperative Youth Tour.  

For additional information, check out the trip details here or email us at youthtour@lpea.coop or call us at (970) 247-5786.