YVEA seeking student applicants for two summer programs
Steamboat Springs — Yampa Valley Electric Association is seeking high school students to participate in two unique summer programs, including one which brings students to Washington D.C.
The organization is collecting applications for two slots on the National Rural Electric Cooperative’s Washington D.C., Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in June, as well as two slots for the Colorado Electric Educational Institute’s Youth Leadership Camp, taking place at the Glen Eden Resort in Clark in July.
YVEA has been sending students to the youth tour for many years, and more recently started selecting students for the local camp program, which brings together students from Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska and coincidentally takes place within Routt County, according to Tammi McKenzie, communications and public relations manager for YVEA.
McKenzie said she typically could receive about a dozen applications for the Washington D.C., tour, which involves about 1,500 students from across the country each year.
Students meet with U.S. representatives and senators, explore museums and monuments and meet student leaders from across the country.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” McKenzie said. “Every student that goes comes back saying that they had no idea how much they were going to learn.”
Students interested in the tour must fill out an application, answer quiz questions and write an essay. McKenzie helps decide the finalists before getting help from another department to select two students to participate each year.
Students must be a junior or senior in high school, and YVEA covers the cost of their trip from Denver to Washington D.C., a cost of about $2,300 per student.
The camp in North Routt requires a separate, less involved application process, and the cost is also covered for the students.
Students at the camp are able to learn about a cooperative and how it works, tour a generation facility, learn about government and build communication and leadership skills.
Applications for both programs are due by Dec. 31.
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