The 2022 Washington Youth Tour will be June 19 to 24. For an activity-filled week, JWEMC delegates will join:

  • Students from around Alabama
  • Hundreds of other high-school students from around the country

Highlights from the Washington Youth Tour trip include:

Visits to Capitol Hill

  •  AREA coordinates meetings with U.S. Representatives and Senators from Alabama
  • Students discuss government and current issues with many other elected officials
  • Lawmakers answer questions on everything from energy policy to world affairs


  • Students tour the following attractions in the Washington, D.C., area:
    • Arlington National Cemetery
    • Mount Vernon
    • FDR Memorial
    • Jefferson Memorial
    • Vietnam, Korean, World War II and Iwo Jima memorials
    • Lincoln Memorial
    • Smithsonian and the Holocaust Museum
    • Newseum
    • Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum
    • Live performance at the Kennedy Center

Youth Day

In addition to taking in the sights and sounds of the nation’s Capitol all the state groups convene for Youth Day to hear from public figures.

During Youth Day, students listen to inspirational speakers who:

  • Challenge individuals of all ages that despite difficult circumstances, you can take responsibility and be empowered

Youth Leadership Council

Each year, many Washington Youth Tour winners in Alabama interview for an opportunity to represent our state on NRECA’s annual Youth Leadership Council (YLC):

  • The council is comprised of 1 student representative from:
    • Each state that participates in NRECA’s Youth Leadership Conference
  • The students help direct the focus of:
    • Youth programs and learn more extensive leadership skills

Alabama’s YLC Delegate will attend a special leadership conference in Washington, D.C., as well as the NRECA annual meeting.

*Due to COVID concerns, some or all parts of the Youth Tour may be altered or canceled without notice.