Each year, MJM sends two high school students to Washington, D.C., on an all-expense paid, week-long educational trip where they learn how the government and electric cooperatives operate. It’s a great opportunity for students to expand their horizons.
The first step towards qualifying for that trip is Youth Day, a trip to Springfield, Illinois, where students visit government offices, watch the legislative process in action, meet with their elected representatives, hear speeches on topics of the day and participate in activities with other youth from around Illinois.
Both trips are chaperoned by adults and are expense-free for the students and their families. Interested high school sophomores and juniors, please contact your school's guidance counselor for more details.
Youth Tour 17
Nicholas DeVries of New Douglas and Daniel Card of Plainview represented M.J.M. Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 9-16. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois since the late 1950s, is an introduction to our democratic form of government and cooperatives for rural youth.
The students met with Congressman Rodney Davis, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and were among 69 rural Illinois youth leaders selected for the trip. The Illinois students joined more than 1,730 young leaders from across the country, a record high for the "Youth to Washington" Tour. In addition to the Capitol, they also visited Arlington National Cemetery, the Washington National Cathedral, several Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the World War II Memorial, memorials to Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington and Roosevelt, the National Archives, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, the Newseum, and several other historical sites.