Emerald Beard and Rebecca Mason of Albia recently participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. They spent six days in Washington, D.C., with 29 peers from Iowa.
Each year in June, an action-filled week provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s pressing issues in the energy industry. Students met their elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, saw historic sites, and met over 1,500 students from across the country who participated in their state’s Youth Tour program.
Emerald and Rebecca said they had the experience of a lifetime meeting with peers from other states and NRECA staff during the Washington trip.
“Not only did I learn about Coops and our nation’s history, but I also made friends from all over Iowa and the entire country,” Mason said. “I never knew bringing 29 strangers together could turn into something like a family after such a short time.”
“Being able to see all the national monuments was a very moving experience for me that I will remember forever,” stated Beard.
In addition to taking in the sights of the nation’s capital, all the state groups convened for National Youth Day, sponsored by NRECA, to learn from public figures and other inspirational speakers. This year’s Youth Day agenda included Mike Schlappi, a four-time Paralympic Medallist and two-time world Champion Wheelchair Basketball champion.
For more information on how you can participate in Chariton Valley Electric’s Youth Tour program, contact Charles VanDePol at (641) 932-7126.