From Special Reports

Each year electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) across Georgia, including Coweta-Fayette EMC, send high school students to Washington D.C. for a week-long, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

During this experience, high school juniors visit the nation’s most treasured memorials and monuments, learn about the unique aspects of the cooperative business model and grow their leadership skills. This time, that young leader, could be you!

Applications for the 2018 Washington Youth Tour, which takes place June 7-14, are available now on Coweta-Fayette EMC’s website, www.utility.org. High school juniors who live and attend school in one of the counties served by Coweta-Fayette EMC, are eligible to par­ticipate in the competition. These coun­ties include: Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Meriwether, Spalding, South Fulton and Troup.

According to Chellie Phillips, VP of Communications and Public Relations with Coweta-Fayette EMC, inspiring future leaders is at the core of the Washington Youth Tour. Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans from across the country have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their local electric cooperative.

This year, more than 100 high school students across Georgia will be selected for this week-long trip. The tour is not just an opportunity to visit the nation’s capital, but also a chance to gain crucial leadership skills and interact with fellow delegates from varying backgrounds and geographies.

If selected, students, will find that their voices matter when given the opportunity to discuss important issues with elected officials during the trip.

“Meeting our legislators in Washington is just one of many activities that teen delegates experience during the week,” Phillips said.  “This trip changes participants’ perspectives and benefits them far into the future. As one recent delegate’s mother said about her child’s experience, ‘her world is larger, her vision longer and her aspirations greater’ because of the tour.”

Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2018. If you need more information on the program, please contact Coweta-Fayette EMC at 770-502-0226 or by email at cphillips@utility.org for more information.