Youth Tour

Youth Tour: A Student Leadership Trip

Don't miss your chance at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity



Are you a Texas high school student? Would you like to travel, experience a big city and visit historic landmarks - all without spending a dime of your own money? Perhaps you'd like to meet your congressional representative, or maybe you're looking for a new experience in the company of other Texas teens. If that sounds like you, then keep Youth Tour on your radar.


Youth Tour is a chaperoned, week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital. Students selected for this opportunity will join more than 140 of their peers from Texas and some 1,800 other students from across the U.S. on this trip of a lifetime. 


Delegates will fly to Washington D.C. for an action-packed week that includes tours of historic sites, museums and congressional offices, where they meet with their U.S. representatives. Other highlights of the trip include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, seeing a performance at the Kennedy Center and an evening cruise on the Potomac River. 


San Patricio Electric Cooperative typically sponsors TWO local high school students from its service area to participate in Youth Tour each year. We hold an essay contest to determine which students will be awarded the opportunity to attend this trip of a lifetime. We typically begin accepting essays and applications in November. Be on the lookout for us to release the essay prompt!




  • Airfare

  • Meals

  • Hotel accommodations

  • Attractions in Washington, D.C.



  • You must be a high school junior or senior

  • Your GPA must be 3.0 or higher

  • Your parent/legal guardian must be a SPEC member

  • You must be in good standing with your school


Applications for the 2025 Youth Tour will be available in November.