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Community Involvement: Youth to Washington

The Youth to Washington tour highlights Eastern Illini’s involvement in youth programs and community involvement.

ytw4 Claire Bossong of Watseka, Miranda Fairbanks of Sadorus, Bridget McMullin of Loda, Jacob Reitz of Gilman, Renae Spannagel of Villa Grove, and chaperone Susan Brown represented Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 9-16. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth.

The students met with Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Congressman John Shimkus, Congressman Rodney Davis, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and were among 69 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip.

The Illinois students joined more than 1,730 young leaders from across the country, a record high for the “Youth to Washington” Tour.

In addition to the Capitol, they also visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt, the National Archives, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum, and several other historical sites.

Sophomores and juniors in high schools that are within the service area of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative are eligible to participate in the annual program.

The Youth to Washington program is just one aspect of Eastern Illini’s commitment to our communities and area youth. The cooperative invests in youth education and engagement programs throughout our local communities.

Some of the other activities include performing electrical safety presentations at area schools, working with local 4-H clubs to promote electricity learning, and sponsoring several other youth and community programs.

For more information about any of our youth programs (which are all offered at no charge), or to schedule events at your school, please contact us at 800-824-5102 or info@eiec.coop.