Youth Leadership Tour

Youth Leadership Tour

Youth Leadership Tour

Essay Deadline is February 1, 2019.

Contestants can upload their essay in the link below.

BECi is one of the nine of Louisiana's eleven electric cooperatives that participates in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. (link is external) To enter the essay contest, students must write an essay (maximum word count 1,000) on a selected topic. If you are interested in participating in the program next year, please check our website again in November 2018 for updated information.

The top four winners will attend the Youth Tour in Washington D.C.. Nationwide, electric co-ops from 45 states participate in this event and more than 1,500 young people from across the nation gather in Washington D.C. every year.

The four winners who attended the 2018 conference in Washington D.C. are:
Lucy Stark, South Beauregard High School
Caleb Gore, South Beauregard High School
Jacey Merchant, Pitkin High School
Shekinah Jordan, Westlake High School.
To read the students' essays, click on their name.

Contest Rules

ESSAY CONTEST - Students must write an essay (maximum word count 1,000) describing what life would be like without electricity. The topic of concern should be stated and thoroughly discussed. Good luck to all and have fun writing!

JUDGING - Entries will be judged on originality, composition, neatness and grammar.  Four all-expense paid trips will be awarded.  Winners will travel to our Nation’s Capital to join 1,500 other young people sponsored by the Rural Electrification Program.

  1. High School sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to enter.
  2. Students must write an essay (maximum word count 1,000) describing what life would be like without electricity. Please do not sign or place your name in the essay. Your name should only be listed on the cover sheet. Please have the essay available by email. Obscene or offensive material will not be accepted and will automatically be disqualified. 
  3. Entries must be written in ink or typed. 
  4. A cover sheet must be attached containing the following information:
  5. Name, Address, Phone Number, Age, E-Mail Address, Grade
  6. Parent’s or Guardian’s Name
  7. School’s Name, Address, and Phone Number
  8. Sponsoring Teacher’s Name.
  9. Entries are to be delivered, mailed or emailed to: Danielle TilleyBECiPost Office Drawer 970DeRidder, LA  70634 or
  10. The due date is Friday, February 1, 2019.  Entries received after the due date will not be judged.  Papers entered will become the property of BECi and not returned.

Winners will be announced Friday, March 8, 2019.

Youth Leadership Tour is June 8-14, 2019. 

Contestants can also upload their essay by clicking here.