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Event History


The Washington Youth Tour has been taking place annually since the early 1960s. More than 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns all over the nation have participated in this unique program.

Lyndon B Johnson at Youth Tour, 1968

Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American History and U.S. government. They also participate in National Youth day, visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate, and explore the attractions around Washington, D.C.  

Students at the Washington Monument

Habersham EMC sponsors two high school juniors from our service area to take part in the all-expense-paid trip. HEMC has been participating in the program since 1999.





  • Applicants must be a high school junior at least 16 years of age, but no older than 18. 
  • Primary residence of parent or guardian must be in the Habersham EMC service area (Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens and White counties).



Contacts at HEMC

Nicole Dover is the Washington Youth Tour coordinator at HEMC. She can be reached at 706-754-2114 or 1-800-640-6812 or via email at



HEMC Test Information


  • ​After submitting a completed entry form to HEMC, applicants will receive reading materials at least two weeks prior to the testing date.
  • Applicants come to the HEMC headquarters in Clarkesville to participate in a two-part selection process consisting of a written test and an interview. Each part counts as 50% of the score.
  • The two applicants with the highest scores were chosen to represent Habersham EMC on the tour.
2019 Washington Youth Tour Application



Washington Youth Tour Winners 2018

WYT delegate Sinead O'Bryant
Madeline McClurg
Tallulah Falls School

WYT delegate Aimee Partin
Abbey Sartain
White County HIgh School

Additional Links:

Washington Youth Tour- Georgia EMC

YouTube - Youth Tour Video

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour site

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