Youth Tour

Perhaps OEC’s best-known and most anticipated youth program, Youth Tour is a week-long, all-expenses-paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June of each year. OEC annually sponsors four delegates—all juniors—from high schools within its service territory on Youth Tour. Students travel with the Oklahoma delegation (70+ students) to our nation’s capital where they tour historic sites and national landmarks, meet Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, and more. Youth Tour has earned a reputation as “a trip of a lifetime” by former participants. 

NEW for 2017  

In addition to the four finalists chosen to attend Youth Tour, another four will be chosen to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) at Goddard Youth Camp. More information will be coming.

The Contest  

The Youth Tour competition process is designed to reflect the realities of our society and its preference for dynamic, personal interactions. In today's professional world, employers and thought leaders want to see presenters who make a connection with the audience while communicating a message.

Presentation Topic 

This year, applicants must choose an energy related topic. The best start for making a connection with the audience is to care about your topic. Choose carefully for a topic you care about. Topics can range from "America's energy future" to "alternative fuel sources" to "electricity education in schools." The choice is yours and the options are infinite.  

Not Just an Essay Contest

While there will always be a need for the well-researched and in-depth essay analysis, in this situation we are more interested in your ability to communicate a clear and insightful message with visual tools. You can use Power Point or Prezi* to create a 5-minute presentation on your chosen topic. While we want to know your point of view, this is not an opinion piece. You will need to back up your points with research and supporting evidence. Requirements are listed below.

Eight finalists will be chosen and will be required to attend both a pre-banquet workshop and the Youth Tour banquet.

*If you prefer another slide share format, you can request permission to use it by contacting Tory Tedder-Loffland,   


  • High School Junior
  • Presentation, no longer than 5 minutes (Power Point, Prezi, et al.)
  • Presentation must include:
    • an abstract giving a brief description of the topic, your intention,  and citing at least two credible supporting sources.
    • a printable version (.PDF, et al) of the presentation slides 
    • a written script/speech
    • fully accessible links to your presentation and/or USB flash drive. 

How to Enter

ENTRY DEADLINE: 2017 recipients have already been selected, but 2018 applications will be available in the fall. Follow OEC Youth Programs on FB @OECYouth to get notification first.