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Washington Youth Tour

Logo. Washington Youth Tour. A Leadership Experience.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.

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.

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

President Lyndon B. Johnson visiting with students from across the nation

Students jumping in the air with the Washington Monument in the background

How to Apply

The application deadline for 2020 is January 31.


  • Applicants must be a high school junior between 16 and 18 years of age.
  • Primary residence of parent or guardian must be in the Habersham EMC service area (Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens and White counties).

Contact Information

Nicole Dover, program coordinator


Begin by completing and submitting the Entry Form 2020 

​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 half of the score.

The two applicants with the highest scores will be chosen to represent Habersham EMC on the tour.

2019 Winners

Chris Geiger
Tallulah Falls School

Sarah Edwards
Tallulah Falls School

Additional Information