Youth Tour Update - Jan. 15, 2021
This year's Youth Tour Trip to Washington, D.C., has been canceled by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
In light of this news, Northwestern Electric Cooperative is offering three $2,000 Youth Tour scholarships and two $1,000 Leadership Summit scholarships.
The contest will proceed as described below. The top three winners of the contest will have a choice between the following options:
Youth Tour Scholarship: Winners of this $2,000 scholarship will also have the opportunity to attend a condensed youth leadership conference hosted by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, whether in-person or virtually.
Leadership Summit Scholarship: The winners of this $1,000 scholarship will have the opportunity to attend Oklahoma's Association of Electric Cooperatives Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City in 2022, whether in-person or virtually. Students must attend the conference in whichever capacity it is hosted to receive the full $1,000. Failure to attend will result in only a $500 college scholarship.
The remaining two winners of the Youth Tour contest will receive the remaining available options.
About Youth Tour
Youth Tour is open to students enrolled in the 11th grade in our service territory. The schools include Arnett, Buffalo, Fargo-Gage, Ft. Supply, Laverne, Mooreland, Sharon-Mutual, Shattuck, Vici and Woodward.
The top three prizes are usually all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. Also up for grabs are two spots in the Touchstone Energy Leadership Summit. All finalists will receive a $500 college scholarship. Please read the above update to see the full and accurate description of the 2021 prizes.
The Washington, D.C. trip usually occurs in mid-June. The thrill packed days include a visit with the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation, tour of Mount Vernon, a boat trip on the Potomac River, and all the major monuments.
The dates for Youth Tour 2021 were set for June 18-24, however the trip has been canceled by NRECA.
About Leadership Summit
Each year, Northwestern Electric Cooperative chooses two high school students to send to Oklahoma’s Electric Cooperatives Leadership Summit.
Each teen who attends the leadership program also takes home an additional $500 college scholarship. This means if a student is a finalist in the Youth Tour Competition and they attend the Leadership Summit they will in total receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
These students are given the opportunity to broaden their skills and to interact with like-minded peers from across the state. Oklahoma’s Electric Cooperatives first launched the Leadership Summit in 2000 to help prepare students to become effective leaders and challenge them to take on important roles in their communities. Each participating co-op sponsors two high school seniors to attend the annual training.
Students who win as a junior will attend the conference the following year as a senior.
How to Apply
Northwestern Electric selects the winners from students who submit an essay and either a video of the essay presentation as a prepared speech or a presentation (made with PowerPoint or Canva etc.) that has the student voicing over their presentation. The essay topic is: If you could create any type of cooperative for your community what would it be and why? Consider what services might better your community, think of including one or more of the seven cooperative principles, explain how the cooperative would run, where it would be located, etc. Keep in mind this can be ANY cooperative ( a broadband co-op, a candy store co-op, you name it!). Examples of real co-op's are: REI Recreational Equipment Inc., Ace Hardware, Land O'Lakes and Ocean Spray. If you need any help with inspiration just call our offices, we would be happy to help.
Based on essay and presentation submissions, the top five students will participate in a Q and A session with a panel of judges via zoom. Prizes will be awarded based on the students' subject knowledge, originality, appearance and personality.
Submissions are due February 19, 2021, before 5 p.m. Applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact your Youth Tour Coordinator, Lyndsey Harvey, at 580-256-7425 or 800-375-7423.
Examples of Co-ops
Materials from Oklahoma's Association of Electric Cooperatives
Materials from Northwestern Electric Cooperative
If you would like a hard copy of the Youth Power Resource Manual, Co-op 101 - Oklahoma Specific Booklet, or the Northwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. Corporate Profile, just stop by our Woodward office and we will be happy to provide those!