Access Energy Cooperative Sends Local students to Washington D.C.

Written by Theresa Rose on June 24, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Mt. Pleasant, IA — Access Energy Cooperative sent 2 local high school students to Washington D.C. in mid-June as part of the national Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Dalton Krum and Megan Shumaker, both of Mt. Pleasant, traveled to the nation’s capital with a delegation of 35 students and five chaperones, representing not-for-profit electric cooperatives across Iowa. The national Youth Tour program is coordinated by statewide electric cooperative associations and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Beginning back in 1958, Iowa’s electric cooperatives have been sending student leaders to the nation’s capital each summer where they get an up-close look at the political process while also touring national museums, monuments and memorials. Students also learn more about the role not-for-profit electric cooperatives play in providing safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable power to member-owners.

“Electric cooperatives are about more than poles and wires – they’re about people and communities,” said Kimberly Brumbaugh, Director of Marketing and Communications at Access Energy Cooperative. “We’re proud to support this youth leadership program as we educate a new generation of co-op member-owners.”

On the Youth Tour, students met with their elected legislators, talked to staff from NRECA and other organizations, and gained a personal understanding of American history and their role as an American citizen. Most of the students were financially sponsored by their local co-op and were selected to attend based on their community involvement, interest in government, and academic performance. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many rural students who are visiting Washington D.C. for the first time.

About the Youth Tour
The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students from across America to Washington, D.C. for over 50 years. Students apply and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. A total of nearly 50,000 students have participated in this program since its creation. For more information, visit

About Access Energy Cooperative
Access Energy Cooperative serves about 9000 services in 10 southeast Iowa counties. The cooperative was formed in 1938, by the people who use the services of the cooperative, and has been providing safe, reliable, efficient service since. More information about Access Energy Cooperative can be found at