Youth Tour Contest Begins February 1st
Published: January 30, 2017
This month high school juniors in St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Pike counties can now take the first step toward earning a spot as a 2017 Cuivre River Youth Tour delegate to Washington, D.C. The annual journey begins with a composition of 500 - 1,000 words.
The 2017 composition topic, "My Favorite Cooperative Principle," invites students to learn and write about one of the seven Cooperative Principles. Entries are due March 10, along with an entry form. Resources are available at www.cuivre.com, local high schools, and through Cuivre River Youth Tour coordinator Lonnie Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final competition to select six Cuivre River delegates to Washington, D.C. is set for Wednesday, April 5, at Cuivre River's Lake Saint Louis office. Six additional students will receive $500 college scholarships.
The National Youth Tour will take place June 9-15. Cuivre River fully funds students' participation, transportation, meals and lodging; there is no cost to students or their families.
Cuivre River has sent 210 delegates to the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour since the program began. According to Mike Marsch, who coordinates the trip for Missouri's 37 participating electric cooperatives, Missouri students are expected to make up the third largest delegation in the country.
"The Youth Tour program is an opportunity to introduce new groups of students to the cooperative principles we work to uphold," says Manager of Communications Mary Jane Clark.
"It also helps students gain knowledge and leadership skills that can help them become the leaders their communities will need in the future," she adds.
Who is eligible? The contest is open to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River's general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes. Immediate family members of Cuivre River employees and directors are not eligible to be a Cuivre River delegate.
How to apply: Submit an entry form and 500 - 1,000 word composition on the topic, "My Favorite Cooperative Principle." Students may enter independently or through their schools.
Final competition: Students with the 12 top-scoring compositions become finalists. The final challenge includes a cooperative knowledge quiz and an oral presentation before judges, families and peers at Cuivre River's Youth Tour Banquet. Six students will be chosen as delegates; six will receive scholarships.Where to learn more: For more information or to inquire about a classroom program, contact Tucker at (800) 392-3709, ext. 4837 or email email@example.com.
What Is Youth Tour?
The Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Youth Tour is to foster students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; educate students about the role of electric cooperatives in the national economy; expand their understanding of cooperatives as a business model; introduce students to the cooperative principles and understanding the value of rural electrification; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; build students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities; and reward students for academic achievement and community leadership.
Youth are the future. Impacting the lives of the youth of today is extremely important to the cooperative community. The mission of the Youth Tour sponsored by local electric cooperatives across the United States is built on the belief that textbooks and lectures alone are not enough to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow's leaders. Rather, today's teenagers also need an opportunity to experience government first-hand by visiting the nation's capital, meeting their Representative and Senators and engaging in interactive workshops and discussion.
By educating our high school students and enhancing their self-worth, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative hopes to promote and inspire responsible and informed participation in the democratic process - in essence, ensuring a stronger future for everyone.