volume 67 - issue 8 - August 2017
Four local students join the 2017 Youth Tour in D.C.
In early June, SMECO joined other cooperatives from around the nation at the 2017 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. with four local high school students from our service territory. SMECO chaperones Natalie Cotton and Charlie Herbert took Angel Almuete from Calvert High School, Daina Dietz from St. Charles High School, Olivia Flynn from Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, and Carlyce Wicker from Gwynn Park High School to the Youth Tour.
The goal of the Youth Tour is to help students learn more about the United States government in action. During their week-long study-tour of the nation’s capital, students met members of congress and were able to attend workshops on the roles that cooperatives play in communities and an electric cooperative opportunity fair.
During Youth Tour, one student from each state is selected to represent their state on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council (YLC). The selected delegates return to Washington, D.C. in July for a leadership workshop that focuses on the electric cooperative industry.
The YLC conference seeks to build attendees’ leadership and public speaking skills while also enhancing their knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative business model.
SMECO’s student, Olivia Flynn, was selected as Maryland’s delegate for the 2017 YLC. In spring 2018, she will also attend the NRECA’s annual meeting in Tennessee with the other delegates, where they will participate in every facet of the meeting, which includes the resolutions process and helping members communicate with their legislators.
Approximately 1,800 students and chaperones representing 46 states attended the Youth Tour for its 53rd year.