Youth Tour

Who will tell your story?


We're now accepting applications for 2019.


Since 1995, FRS has hosted the Youth Tour to thousands of high school students from across rural America.  The Youth Tour is a chance to for students to visit our nation’s capital and learn about rural broadband—and share their community’s story with key legislative, regulatory and government figures as well as a forum for them to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities. 

25th Anniversary: Youth Tour

Each Spring, over 100 students from across the country join FRS in Washington, D.C. Over four days, they explore the city, hear from experts at the FCC and Congress, and discuss how to make our rural communities better. It is a life changing experience for all those involved.


Who can attend?
NTCA member companies sponsor a student from their local community to attend the tour. FRS leaves the selection of the participant entirely up to the telco. Students must be between the ages of 16 and 17.

What is involved?

  • A look into education about the broadband industry.
  • Education about the legislative and governmental process.
  • An opportunity to visit famous historical sites including the Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Capitol, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetary.
  • Meeting with key legislative, regulator and government figures.
  • A lot of walking. You'll be covering a lot of ground in a short period of time so make sure to pack your walking shoes!

How long is the tour?
The tour spans across 5 days, June 1-5.

How many students can I send?
Each NTCA member company may select 2 students from their community to attend. 

Can telco employees or directors attend?
Yes, NTCA member companies can also sponsor a chaperone to attend the Youth Tour.

How do I volunteer to help?
We can use all of the help we can get to ensure a fun and safe environment for our students.  Please heed careful consideration as you volunteer to become a chaperone as it requires long days of walking and being responsible for your own group of students. Although volunteering is hard work it is also rewarding being a part of an incredible experience for some students as their first visit to the nation's capital.  If you're interested in volunteering, contact Brock Streauslin