Iowa Youth Tour image and linkThe 2022 Youth Tour Contest is open to any high school sophomore, junior or senior who’s part of a family that is a member of an Iowa electric co-op. One all-expenses-paid trip will be awarded by Iowa Electric Cooperative Living (IECL) magazine, in addition to the trips sponsored by local electric cooperatives. For additional contest details, rules, and official link to enter the IECL contest click here.

To enter, you will be required to submit an official entry form plus a short (250-word maximum) essay in response to this statement: Pick one of the seven cooperative principles and share how your local electric cooperative embodies it. Entry forms are available at You can submit your essay online at this address or email it to Entries must be received by March 25.

Students from across America take part in this weeklong education trip to the nation’s capital each year. Participants will travel to Washington, D.C., meet their U.S. representatives and senators, and watch history come alive as they explore museums, memorials and monuments. They’ll also meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic speakers during Youth Day. Best of all, students will make lifelong friendships and become one of 50,000+ alumni who come from every walk of life, including government leaders and CEOs.

Iowa Electric Cooperative Living magazine and IAEC staff will judge all essays anonymously. The decision of the judges will be final. The winner of the Iowa Electric Cooperative Living Youth Tour Contest will not be announced until April 15, which is after all sponsoring local electric cooperatives will have chosen their 2022 Youth Tour participants.