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Youth To Washington candidates sought

For over 50 years, the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois have given tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to learn from today’s public officials. And EnerStar is on the hunt to for two outstanding students to represent our cooperative at the Youth Tour this year.

EnerStar’s Youth Tour is actually two separate events: Youth Day in Springfield will be held in April 2018, and the week-long, all-expense paid Youth to Washington trip on June 8 - 15, 2018.

The “Youth to Washington” tour was inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1957. The program actually began in 1964 with 400 students from 12 states participating in the first event. Today more than 1,500 students from across the country attend the Youth to Washington tour.

During the week in the nation’s Capitol, the Illinois contingent meets with Illinois senators and the downstate Illinois congressional delegation at a Capitol Hill luncheon. Visits with elected officials provide participants a better understanding of federal government and the democratic process.

And of course, the students have the opportunity to visit many historic sites during the week. In the past, sites have included Gettysburg, Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, and memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt just to name a few.

Candidates should be high school sophomores or juniors in the fall of 2017. In addition, candidates must reside in the EnerStar service territory and receive their electricity from EnerStar.

Applications can be completed online at under the “Youth Programs” section by December 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact EnerStar’s Angela Griffin at 800-635-4145 or via email at

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