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Youth Tour-Washington, D.C.

Damar selected as Beltrami Electric Cooperative
2019 Youth Tour representative


Willow Damar, 2019 Delegate for Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, DCBeltrami Electric is pleased to announce that Willow Damar of Walker has been selected as the co­operative’s 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour representative. She will join hundreds of high school students representing their cooperatives on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-15, 2019.  This trip is part of an annual Youth Tour sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and Beltrami Electric Cooperative.

Ms. Damar will attend the five-day event that includes visits to several historic sites and memorials in Washington, D.C.  She will spend a day on “The Hill” where she and other Youth Tour representatives will meet with elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, discuss the process of government and increase their overall knowledge of electric cooperatives and U.S. History. 

As part of the selection process, candidates were required to submit an application, write a 500-word essay and submit two letters of reference from teachers, group or community leaders.  Ms. Damar’s application expressed her passion for politics, the law and her desire to learn more about our government and U.S. History.

Ms. Damar is very active in her school.  She has participated in track, is active in the drama program, and is a member of Interact, a group of students who are service-minded volunteers. She is a five-year member of the Speech Team, of which she is currently team captain.  She excels at giving extemporaneous speeches and placed 7th at the MSHSL speech tournament in 2018.  Ms. Damar has a love of learning, including history and government, and plans to pursue a degree in Political Science.   She is the daughter of Crystal Damar Holmberg of Walker, Minn.   



What is the Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour?

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Every June, nearly 1,700 high school students from across the country spend a week in Washington, D.C., as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.  The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives - co-ops that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

Students on the tour learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government. They attend educational seminars and visit with their representatives in the House and the Senate. They see historical sights in and around Washington-the U.S. Capitol, the monuments, the Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, Mt. Vernon and countless other places and they learn more about the cooperative business model.

The Rural Electric Youth Tour started in 1957.


Photos from previous years' Youth Tours to Washington, D.C.


  2018 Electric cooperative youth tour group      2018 group touring Vietnam Memorial   2018 Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group in front of capital building

The application process is easy!  Interested high school juniors (will be a senior in the fall of 2019) whose parent or guardian is a member of Beltrami Electric Cooperartive should complete an application for the Rural Electric Youth Tour, attach a 500-word essay (from list of topics on application), include a photograph and two letters of recommendation from a teacher, group or community leader.


    2016 Minnesota Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Group   2018 Youth Tour Group in front of Imo Jima Memorial-U.S.Marine Corps War Memorial   Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

For additional information about the Youth Tour, visit or


Online Resources (not limited to): (link is external) (Minnesota Rural Electric Association) (link is external) (Electric Cooperative Youth Tour)


This co-op sponsored educational event is valued at $2,050 (includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation and tours).

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