Youth Tour


UPDATE: Due to the pandemic and other safety concerns, the 2021 Youth Tour has been canceled. 

Every year, Pioneer Connect sponsors two high school students age 16 or 17 at the time of the tour to represent our Cooperative to the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington DC.

This sponsorship is one of the most visible examples of Pioneer’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth. Each year, students from across the United States travel to Washington, D.C. for a four-day, chaperoned tour of some of the most historical sites in the nation. While there, students also learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes. Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in addition to meetings with industry leaders and members of Congress.

The students are also given ample time to explore the Nation’s Capital and its many historical locations. While there, the group visits sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. Capitol and other key sites in America’s history.

Sponsorship includes airfare, lodging, food, transportation and admittance to all historical sites and attractions on the tour schedule.

The Youth Tour application is an online submission only.


  • The applicant must be a high school student age 16 or 17 at the time of the Youth Tour
  • Primary residence within Pioneer’s serving area
  • Is a member or immediate relative of a participating member of Pioneer Connect
  • Applicant must be under the age of 18 at the time of the tour

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Know a student who would be interested? Let them know: