Community and education programs

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour was established with one thought in mind – to inspire our next generation of leaders. Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperative.

Students who participate receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to learn about the cooperative business model, meet elected officials, visit monuments and museums, tour federal agencies and discuss issues that are most important to them.

Alone, Dakota Electric has sent approximately 150 students since 1967. This commitment to our community is a fundamental part of what makes us more than your average utility.

Originally scheduled for mid-June, the 2020 Youth Tour has, unfortunately, been canceled due to the coronavirus.

“COVID-19 has made drastic impacts on large events; Youth Tour was no exception,” said President and CEO, Greg Miller. “Keeping everyone safe is our number one priority.”

Despite the cancelation, Dakota Electric would like to acknowledge and honor the students chosen to attend the 2020 Youth Tour. We are proud to offer each student the chance to attend Youth Tour in 2021, or receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used for their future education.