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What is the Washington Youth Tour?

The Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour is an annual, week long, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, that is open to select high school students whose homes are served by electric cooperatives.

Who sponsors WYT?

The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC), and 22 of Kentucky’s 24 electric distribution cooperatives.

When does WYT occur?

WYT typically takes place during the second or third week of June. It begins on a Friday and ends on a Friday. Here are the tentative dates for future years’ WYT:

June 10-17, 2016

June 9-16,  2017

June 8-15, 2018

Does WYT conflict with Governor’s Scholars?

In some years, WYT conflicts with one or two of the three Governor’s Scholars sessions. Students who are selected for both Governor’s Scholars and WYT are encouraged to contact the Governor’s Scholars office to request assignment to a week that does not conflict with WYT.

Who pays for WYT?

WYT is an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC. All expenses for food, lodging, travel, and incidentals are paid by the sponsoring cooperatives.

Who chaperons WYT?

The Kentucky WYT program is led by an employee of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives. Assisting him is a group of around 12 people composed of electric co-op employees and their spouses.

How do I apply for WYT?

You may only apply for WYT through the electric co-op that serves the area where you live. In most areas of the state, you may obtain an application from your high school guidance counselor or English teacher. In other areas, you may need to contact your electric co-op for an application. Note, too, that many electric co-ops make their WYT applications available online.

How do I know if I’m eligible for WYT?

Participation rules vary from co-op to co-op. However, all WYT students must be between their junior and senior years in high school and no older than 18 at the time of the trip to Washington, DC.

How does the group get to Washington, DC?

The Kentucky WYT group travels via chartered bus. The bus company we use is Lexington-based Blue Grass Tours.

At what hotels does the group stay?

On the first night of the trip, the WYT group stays at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, WV. The remaining nights of the trip are spent at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA.

How many people are assigned to each room?

Three students are assigned to each hotel room. Each room is equipped with three beds.

Do I get to pick my own roommates?

No. Roommates are assigned on a random basis.


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