Washington Youth Tour

Group of students standing in front of the Capitol Building.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic postponed our 2020 Washington Youth Tour trip, Mohave Electric’s Board of Directors have decided how we will proceed for the 2020 selected students and 2021 applicants.

We are excited to announce that all six 2020 selected applicants have the opportunity to join us on the upcoming trip June 21st-25th, 2021. For those 2020 selected students that cannot join us on the 2021 trip, please reach out to Bo Hellams, Public Affairs Supervisor, at 928-758-0579 for further information.

For new 2021 applicants, it is important to apply as soon as possible. The deadline for new applicants is November 6th, 2020 at 5 p.m. The application link will be found at the bottom of this webpage along with an informative video about the trip and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Washington Youth Tour is an all-expense paid educational trip-of-a-lifetime and the trip dates are June 21st-25th, 2021.

Once applications have been received and finalists are selected, oral competitive presentations will take place at 6 p.m., December 3rd, 2020. Location to be determined and released to finalists throughout interview stages.

“It’s a great experience for the students,” said Terry Puryear, public affairs and communications coordinator at MEC and one of the 2019 chaperones. “There’s a lot of walking, but it’s the kind of trip that can influence the course of a student’s life.”

The schedule is packed from the day everyone arrives in Phoenix for orientation until the day they return to Sky Harbor International Airport.

“I drove my son and two other students back home from the airport,” said Carey Fearing. “They slept nearly the entire drive. The trip absolutely wore them out, but Caleb (Fearing) was still talking about the experience weeks after he returned.”

There is no shortage of things to discuss.

From the somber experiences at Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to the history-filled Smithsonian museums and learning about the cooperative model, the Washington Youth Tour takes students from across the nation on an educational experience unattainable from behind a desk.

“Reading about or watching a video of historical events is a learning experience, but you can’t replace the hands-on opportunity the youth tour provides,” Puryear said. “I had the unique chance to watch student reactions at different sites. The Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery were emotionally difficult for some, but they all valued the opportunity to learn.

“During interviews, I heard some students talk about how all the headstones at Arlington gave them a different perspective on the price of freedom.”

The trip is not without some moments of levity.

The last two youth tour trips included a Washington Nationals baseball game. It just so happened the visiting team in 2019 was the Arizona Diamondbacks. There was also a chance to take a bike ride around the city for a few students.

But the focus was clear: education. Students visited Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, many of the memorials, including Lincoln and Jefferson, the United States Capitol, and had an opportunity to meet with Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar.

“It’s our nation’s capital,” Puryear said after his first assignment as a chaperone. “You can’t beat it. Trips like this can change a student’s life and I hope we see more students competing for one of the six spots sponsored by MEC in 2021.”

2021 Washington Youth Tour Application PDF

Washington Youth Tour Entry Form