Welcome! The Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives (AREA) is a member-owned federation of 22 electric distribution cooperatives.

Youth Tours

Washington Youth Tour

AREA’s Washington Youth Tour is currently featured in a 30-second commercial on the “Simply Southern” TV show produced by the Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative and the Alabama Farmers Federation. The program airs on Sunday mornings in six major TV markets in the state. Visit their YouTube channel to watch complete episodes.



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The Washington D.C. National Rural Electric Youth Tour, sponsored by local electric cooperatives, the Alabama Rural Electric Association and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is part of a grassroots program to educate high school juniors and seniors on the electric cooperative program and the cooperative ideas for which it stands.  Approximately 45 students from Alabama travel to Washington D.C. for the week-long tour, joining more than 1,500 students from across the nation. The tour is jam-packed with fun-filled activities and visits to America’s most popular and historic places. Stops along the way include the U.S. Capitol, the Korean and Vietnam memorials, the Kennedy Center, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Institution.

The six-day adventure ends with the All-States Farewell Dance when students get a chance to strengthen life-long friendships with fellow students. Although the youth tour experience is filled with fun activities, its overall purpose is to increase students understanding of the value of rural electrification, help them become more familiar with the historical and political environment of the nation’s capitol through visits to monuments, government buildings and cooperative organizations…and visit elected officials to increase the students’ knowledge of how the federal government works.

The 2016 Washington Youth Tour will be June 10-16.

The YLC Conference is July 16- 20.

Montgomery Youth Tour

Selected students who participate in local competitions are invited to travel to Montgomery each spring, where they join more than 130 other high school juniors representing electric cooperatives for the Montgomery Youth Tour. There, students have the opportunity to take part in activities such as Q&A sessions with representatives about topics that interest them; tour the Civil Rights Memorial, the State Capitol and the State House; visit the Rosa Parks Museum and the State Judicial Building; and have dinner with state lawmakers.

The 2016 Montgomery Youth Tour will be March 15 -17.