Washington Youth Tour 2020

Washington Youth Tour 2020




Canoochee EMC is accepting applications from area high school juniors to compete for an all-expense-paid spot on the 2020 Washington Youth Tour. This inspiring, week-long leadership trip offers participants the opportunity to experience U.S government and U.S. history first-hand while having fun, making new friends, and developing leadership skills.

If chosen, the student(s) will become one of the delegate sponsored by Canoochee EMC and join 115 teens from other EMCs across Georgia to represent the state during the 2020 Washington Youth Tour to be held June 18-25, 2020.

The fast-paced, high-energy program is designed to give students a taste of democracy in action, expose them to the nation’s rich history through visits to national monuments and museums, and encourage students to become politically aware citizens.

 “The Youth Tour taught me that the most unexpected people can become some of your best friends, and you will create a bond that will link you all together forever,” remarked Layla Tucker, Youth Tour Delegate from Canoochee EMC. “114 strangers turn into family.”

That sentiment, expressed by many former delegates, underscores the significance of the program – making connections with other high-achieving peers while participating in an unforgettable week-long journey in the nation’s capital that includes face-to-face meetings with state and national leaders, leadership training, and discussions on important issues with students from other states.

“The Washington Youth Tour has taught me that no matter who you are or where you come from, you have an opportunity to rise up and make the world a better place,” said Tucker.

The tour begins in Georgia where students get to know each other before boarding an airplane and flying to Washington, D.C. where they connect with more than 1,800 students from across the country. Plans are in the works to cruise down the Potomac River, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, meet with Georgia’s U.S. senators and representatives, take photos outside the White House and tour the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Capitol, Mount Vernon and the National Cathedral. 

Students will visit memorials honoring Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. They will also visit the Martin Luther King Jr., World War II, Korean and Vietnam Veterans memorials. Plus, they will have the opportunity to see the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill Platoon perform at the Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima statue) as well as spend time at the Smithsonian and Holocaust Museums.

Contact Joe Sikes at jsikes@canoocheeemc.com to find out how to apply. 

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