Local Students Win Trip to DC in Annual Big Country Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Contest
Three local students are DC bound this June after winning Big Country Electric Cooperative’s (BCEC) annual Youth Tour video contest. Watch their prize-winning videos!
Following our original winners announcement, two additional spots on the Youth Tour trip became available to BCEC, which means we get to send two more students!
A total of seventeen local students submitted excellent videos on the topic: The rolling blackouts in February 2021 rocked the state of Texas. Most consumers don’t understand what led to that situation, or how Texas’ utility grid and energy market operate. In a maximum five-minute video, explain what happened and why, how Texas’ utility grid and energy market work, and why it’s important for consumers to understand that.
Youth Tour has been a Texas electric co-op tradition since 1965, when co-ops—inspired by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson who encouraged youths to go to Washington to see their American heritage and government at work, “what the flag stands for and represents”—began sponsoring teens on this trip. Educating and mentoring young people fit in with co-ops’ mission to support the communities they serve. Since the 1960s, 4,000 Texans and more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperatives.
Check back Fall '22 for your chance to be part of Youth Tour history in 2023!