Pedernales Electric is joining other electric cooperatives across the country to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program, which sends high school students to Washington, D.C. to learn more about cooperatives and government. For its 2013 Youth Tour Contest, PEC is asking area high school students to write an essay and propose a cooperative business with an environmentally sustainable product. The Co-op also is asking students to explain the advantages of cooperative membership, the business structure and the impact on economic development their business would have in the community.
“We are celebrating the year of the cooperative at PEC,” the Co-op’s Communications Manager Michael Racis said. “This year’s Youth Tour contest is a great way to introduce the cooperative business model and cooperative spirit to this generation and involve our local youth in their Co-op.”
Essays and applications must be submitted online at www.pec.coop/youthtour by Oct. 17, 2012. Twelve finalists will be selected to present their essays at LCRA’s Redbud Center in Austin on Nov. 17. An independent panel of judges will select six students as winners of an expense-paid June 2013 trip to Washington, D.C., to learn more about cooperative business, tour historical sites and meet local political representatives. Six alternates will receive $100 awards for their participation.
PEC has participated in the Youth Tour program for more than 30 years. Almost 1,500 young people now make the trip to Washington each year as a result of the nationwide electric cooperative sponsorship.
Students are eligible to participate if they have a parent or legal guardian who is a PEC member or receives PEC electric service at their residence. Additional contest guidelines and application information is available at www.pec.coop/youthtour. The deadline to submit online applications is Oct. 17.