Perhaps CEC’s best-known and most anticipated youth program, Youth Tour is a week-long, all-expenses-paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June of each year. CEC annually sponsors three delegates—all juniors—from high schools within its service territory on Youth Tour. Students travel with the Oklahoma delegation (70+ students) to our nation’s capital where they tour historic sites and national landmarks, meet Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, and more. Youth Tour has earned a reputation as “a trip of a lifetime” by former participants. Youth Tour will be June 17-23, 2022.
Over 80 years ago, America’s farmers and rural citizens joined together to bring electricity to their communities — communities which the for-profit companies refused to serve. As a result, they improved the quality of life for rural Americans by satisfying an unmet need. Today, cooperatives of all kinds bring that same spirit of purpose and cooperation to the changing needs of a new generation both rural and urban.
How would you use one of the cooperative principles to satisfy a need in your community? Select one of the cooperative principles and create an infomercial convincing your audience of how that need would be met.
Eligibility: High school Junior that lives in the CEC service area
Youth Tour contest opens on January 10, 2022 through February 11, 2022.
Students may submit their presentation to Jia Johnson – 800-780-6486 ext 241. Finalists will be required to participate in a formal interview at the CEC office in Hugo. Date to be announced.
If teachers would like to schedule a presentation for their class please contact Jia Johnson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will submit a one (1) minute infomercial convincing the audience to join their endeavor. Applicants will also submit a one (1) page summary explaining their infomercial.
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Oklahoma Youth Tour is an annual, weeklong, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for high school students selected and sponsored by their local rural electric cooperative.
Since 1964, Choctaw Electric Cooperative has offered this leadership opportunity to High School Juniors within CEC's service area.
Candidates are chosen based on a one minute infomercial and personal interview.
In addition to being a lot of fun, Youth Tour builds relationship and leadership skills pertinent for the future!
Students will meet and interact with Oklahoma's federal delegation and learn the importance of current issues and policies throughout the state and nation.
Connections and relationships will form during the weeklong trip and everlasting friendships will be created.
Candidates must be a Junior attending a high school within the Choctaw Electric Cooperative service area.
Candidates must submit a one minute infomercial over one of the seven Cooperative Principles and report to the Hugo office for a personal interview.
All winners should plan to attend the Choctaw Electric Annual membership meeting.
Winners are also required to attend the first CEC Board of Director's meeting after returning from Youth Tour to personally thank the board and to share their Youth Tour experience.
Board Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month at the Hugo office.