Local Youths Needed To Help Fulfill LBJ’s Vision

Local Youths Needed To Help Fulfill LBJ’s Vision


Students can apply for all-expenses-paid trip to DC

Lyndon B. Johnson, a Texas native and the 36th United States president, was a great national and local innovator. For the nation, he prompted the “Great Society” reforms and encouraged the passage of the Civil Rights Act; closer to home, he helped rural areas get electricity and inspired a youth leadership program sponsored by electric cooperatives, including Coleman County Electric Cooperative, that students can enjoy to this day.

CCEC is proud to help fulfill Johnson’s vision by sponsoring 2 high school students from its service area to participate in the weeklong, guided trip to Washington, D.C., on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour on June 6-15th, 2018.

As a Texan who understood the value of quality rural life, Johnson was a champion of electric cooperatives, including CCEC, and was instrumental in the formation of these nonprofit, member-owned electric distribution companies that are focused on improving the quality of members’ lives.

As part of their effort to improve members’ lives, electric cooperatives followed Johnson’s call to send youths to Washington, D.C., to “actually see what the flag stands for and represents.” Out of his remarks was born the Government-in Action Youth Tour, which is still going strong after more than 50 years, with more than 50,000 students having participated nationwide.


To be part of Johnson’s vision and represent CCEC on Youth Tour, apply now for the speech contest.

Eligible entrants must:

  • Be in 10th, 11th or 12th;
  • Be a dependent of a CCEC member with permanent resident status in the co-op’s service area, or attend a school served by the co-op; and
  • Submit a speech on the topic: What would life be without electricity?

Applications must arrive at CCEC by February 9th, 2018. They can be submitted by Mail or drop-off.

For more information about Youth Tour, visit YouthTour.org and TexasYouthTour.com or contact CoriAnn Carrillo at 325-625-2128 or coriann@colemanelectric.org.


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