Camp Teaches Leadership, Teamwork, Inclusiveness: The Pillars of A Cooperative

MVEA Sends 2 Limon Youth to Weeklong Leadership Camp

2018, Falcon, CO – Fitting in and being part of the group can be challenging for anyone, especially high school students. It is this sense of belonging, of being part of something bigger, that sets electric cooperatives apart from other utilities. The Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, aims to bring high school students together in a collaborative setting to learn the cooperative principles while cultivating the students’ leadership and teamwork skills.

This year’s CYLC hosted approximately 90 high school students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming from July 13 to July 19. Mountain View Electric Association, Inc. (MVEA) is pleased to have sponsored Ashlyn Churchwell and Anna Weisensee for this leadership opportunity.

To be selected for this trip, Churchwell and Weisensee were chosen by MVEA through an essay contest for high school juniors.

At CYLC, Churchwell and Weisensee gained a greater understanding of how their electric cooperative, MVEA, operates by creating their own cooperative. The students learned leadership and teamwork skills while participating in daily membership meetings, establishing committees, and electing a general manager and board of directors. Even the scheduled leisure activities offered learning opportunities as the students worked together maneuvering their river rafts down the Colorado River, competed in a volleyball tournament and showcased their entertaining skills at the annual talent show.

If you know a high school junior that would like the opportunity to win a free trip to leadership camp through MVEA, visit our Youth Programs page. Entries must be submitted by November 15, 2018.

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