**The burden of planning and logistics around the COVID-19 pandemic has been determined to be too great for Big Bend Electric to continue with the NRECA Youth Tour event for 2021. We apologize to all high school Juniors in our service territory that were looking forward to applying.
Big Bend Electric Cooperative (BBEC) follows the seven guiding principles of the cooperative form of business. BBEC administers a Youth Tour Program to support the cooperative principle of Education, Training, and Information.
The Youth Tour Program educates youth about
The American Democratic System
Rural Electrification and Electric Cooperatives
Each year, Youth Tour Program applicants compete to participate in this educational program. From those that apply, BBEC selects two Youth Tour Program winners who will travel to Washington DC in June to attend the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour.
The winners will also compete in Washington DC against the Youth Tour participants of other electric cooperatives in the State of Washington to be Washington’s representative at the next NRECA annual meeting.
Youth Tour Program candidates must either be members of BBEC at the time of application and selection, or must have parent(s) or legal guardian(s) that are members of BBEC at the time of application and selection. At the time of application, the candidate must also be a high school junior.
The application period is open annually from September 1 through approximately the first week of December. During this time, application packets are available at BBEC’s Ritzville office or at the link at the bottom of this page.
Completed applications must be received in BBEC’s Ritzville office no later than December 3, 2020.
Judging is based upon:
A written essay on a topic selected by BBEC — 30% weight
Scholastic record — 20% weight
School, community, and leadership activities — 25% weight
A personal interview with the judges — 25% weight
Judging is conducted by a 3-person committee of BBEC representatives. Youth Tour Program winners will be introduced at the BBEC annual meeting of members, which is held each year in either February or March.