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4 Rivers Electric Cooperative is committed to the communities we serve, which means investing in our youth and providing educational, leadership and team-building opportunities. Our cooperative continues this tradition of promoting youth leadership by sending four high school juniors on an all-expenses-paid leadership experience of a lifetime! Two students will attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and two students will attend the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp.

During the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, June 14-20, students will travel to Washington, D.C., explore monuments and museums, meet with members of Congress, and make lifelong friends with students from across the country. This trip of a lifetime provides leadership lessons from our nation's history and the cooperative spirit that built our nation.

The Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp is July 12-18, at Glen Eden resort near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. High school students from electric cooperative communities in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming participate in this leadership camp. Together, they will create a candy cooperative, hear from dynamic speakers, and raft down the Colorado River.

We had such an awesome group of applicants this year and are so proud to see such engagement and commitment to community by the young leaders in our cooperative. We congratulate the four students selected to represent 4 Rivers at these events:

Brody Anderson, Burlington, Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Eli Ervin, Westphalia, Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

Marisa Ghramm, Fall River, Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

Dergan True, Neosho Falls, Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

4 Rivers is proud to have such a great group of student leaders represent us this summer. Fostering youth leadership skills helps cultivate the strong leaders of tomorrow.

(printed in 4 Rivers Electric’s April 2024 Kansas Country Living centerspread)