Co-op youth return from Washington, D.C.

Seventy-one students from 27 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives joined more than 1,800 of their peers across the U.S. for the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth to Washington tour June 8-15.

Students toured Capitol Hill, met with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and their respective Congressmen. They also visited historical and cultural sites including Arlington National Cemetery, the Supreme Court, Newseum, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, a variety of memorials and the U.S. Capitol. Among fun activities the students enjoyed were the Marine Corps Sunset Parade, the Smithsonian Museums and an assembly of Youth Tour participants from across the nation.

During the trip, Collin Moseley from Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. was chosen by his peers to represent Illinois on the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the NRECA. The YLC is a year-long appointment, and Moseley will represent Clay Electric and all Illinois’ electric cooperatives at national and state meetings and events in the year ahead.

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric and telephone utilities have sponsored more than 60,000 high school students to visit Washington, D.C. To learn more about the Youth to Washington tour, go to