Apply to be a part of the 2023 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

Trip is June 16-22, 2023

Deadline to apply is January 31, 2023

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Oklahoma Youth Tour offers real-world experience that could be helpful in job and college interviews, as well as valuable leadership and public speaking opportunities.

It is a two-part competition open to high school juniors living and attending school in IEC’s service area.

Students participate by writing a speech and creating a short video about rural electric cooperatives. Then, four finalists give their presentation to judges.

Two winners are selected for an expenses-paid tour of Washington D.C. on June 16-22, 2023, with winners from other Oklahoma co-ops. The other two finalists are awarded a trip to Leadership Youth Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colo. on July 14-20, 2023.

For more information email Brandi Ball at bball@iecok.com


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To apply you:

  1. Must be a high school junior in the IEC service area

  2. Type an original speech (500-1,000 words)

  3. Create a 1-2 minute video

  4. Upload the materials and complete the entry form on our website by January 31, 2023 at 12 p.m.



TOPIC: "Indian Electric Cooperative distributes power that is generated from a variety of sources, both renewable and non-renewable. What are the positives and negatives of using ONLY renewable energy?"


  • Write an original speech of 500-1,000 words on the topic provided.
  • Speech must be typed and double-spaced on 8 1/2" X 11" paper.
  • Your name SHOULD NOT appear on the speech you upload. Judges determine the finalists based on blind copies to avoid any show of preferential treatment.
  • The finalists chosen will present their speech at a lunch reception in February.



COOPERATIVE: An autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.

The cooperative business model was created in the 1800s on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, democracy and solidarity.

With those values in mind, today co-ops operate under the 7 Cooperative Principles:

  1. Voluntary & Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy & Independence
  5. Education, Training & Information
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  7. Commitment to Community


  • Research and familiarize yourself with the distinctive qualities of cooperatives. 
  • Record a video (no longer than 2 minutes) about the “Cooperative Difference” – how are co-ops unique?
  • Have fun with this component and show off your creativity!
  • The videos from finalists will be shown at the reception in February. It will be figured into the overall presentation category of scoring by judges.
  • Record your video horizontally (if using phone or tablet). Vertical submissions will not be accepted.


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The websites below may be helpful as you prepare your entry: