Once a year, local high school students are selected by Sumter EMC to represent our cooperative and state as delegates on the Washington Youth Tour. This top-notch leadership experience and tour of Washington, D.C., includes meetings with state and national leaders, leadership training, and visits to all the major sights. Participants join over 1,400 other students from around the nation—all expenses paid—for one incredible week in our nation's capital.


The competition is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be sixteen by June 14, 2024, and live in or attend a school in Marion, Schley, Sumter, Webster, Lee, Terrell, Chattahoochee or Stewart County. Students not residing in or attending a school in the above counties are eligible if their parents are members of Sumter EMC and live within the cooperative's service area. The cooperative's service area is Marion, Schley, Sumter, Webster, Dougherty, Lee, Randolph, Terrell, Chattahoochee, and Stewart counties.

  1. Be a sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing with your school.
  2. The applicant must be 16 years of age by June 14, 2024.
  3. Must have parent's consent.

To learn more about the Washington Youth Tour, contact Tonya Jones at 229-924-8041, ext. 210.


  • Application deadline: Feb. 2
  • Interviews for highest scoring individuals: Thursday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Trip dates: June 14-21


Your application and recommendation forms are due by Feb. 2, 2024. Applications will be scored, and the highest-scoring students will be invited to participate in the interview process beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 22. Students will take a quiz on the information from the Washington Youth Tour study guide, which will be sent to applicants selected for an interview. The interview will be judged on personality, communication ability, appearance and poise, leadership qualities, and goals. Please dress appropriately—as if you were going to a job interview. Four students will be selected to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 14-21. 



  • 2024 WYT Application - *You must complete the application in one sitting. You cannot save information and come back to finish. 
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • A clear headshot photo

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE 2023 YOUTH TOUR: 2023 Washington Youth Tour Photos



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