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Students visit DC on youth electric cooperative tour – The Stanly News & Press

Students visit DC as part of a youth electric cooperative tour

Posted 16:44 on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Approximately 1,800 high school students gathered in Washington, DC, from June 15 to 21 as delegates of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Forty-one students from North Carolina, including three local delegates sponsored by Union Power Cooperative, participated in the week-long opportunity.
Evan Keith of Union County, Sarah Hinson of Stanly County and Felicia Charles of Cabarrus County were selected by Union Power as delegates to attend the trip after completing an application and interviewing.
During the Youth Tour, students participated in leadership training and one-on-one interviews with elected officials, established a national network, learned about electric cooperatives and visited historic sites and museums in the District of Columbia.
“Our youth tour participants explored DC with confidence and curiosity, which was great,” said Emily Aldridge, communications/public relations specialist. “The Youth Tour highlights the importance of civic engagement and how politics impacts our daily lives. We hope that the knowledge and skills delegates gain on this trip will benefit them in their journey to success and help them become our next great leaders, as well as help them understand the significance of American history.”
During the seven-day trip, students learned about American history at the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and multiple Smithsonian museums. Delegates paid tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in service to the nation at Arlington National Cemetery. They also visited the Holocaust Museum, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the Korean War Veterans Memorial. They also had the opportunity to talk with members of Congress, senators and legislative staff, asking them questions and learning about their roles on Capitol Hill.
For 60 years, American electric cooperatives have brought together students from communities across America to build bonds and practice leadership during the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. This program has served nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America.