Apply to be a part of the 2023 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
Trip is June 16-22, 2023
Deadline to apply is January 31, 2023
Oklahoma Youth Tour offers real-world experience that could be helpful in job and college interviews, as well as valuable leadership and public speaking opportunities.
It is a two-part competition open to high school juniors living and attending school in IEC’s service area.
Students participate by writing a speech and creating a short video about rural electric cooperatives. Then, four finalists give their presentation to judges.
Two winners are selected for an expenses-paid tour of Washington D.C. on June 16-22, 2023, with winners from other Oklahoma co-ops. The other two finalists are awarded a trip to Leadership Youth Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colo. on July 14-20, 2023.
For more information email Brandi Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply you:
Must be a high school junior in the IEC service area
Type an original speech (500-1,000 words)
Create a 1-2 minute video
Upload the materials and complete the entry form on our website by January 31, 2023 at 12 p.m.
2023 YOUTH TOUR SPEECH
TOPIC: "Indian Electric Cooperative distributes power that is generated from a variety of sources, both renewable and non-renewable. What are the positives and negatives of using ONLY renewable energy?"
- Write an original speech of 500-1,000 words on the topic provided.
- Speech must be typed and double-spaced on 8 1/2" X 11" paper.
- Your name SHOULD NOT appear on the speech you upload. Judges determine the finalists based on blind copies to avoid any show of preferential treatment.
- The finalists chosen will present their speech at a lunch reception in February.
2023 COOPERATIVE DIFFERENCE VIDEO
COOPERATIVE: An autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
The cooperative business model was created in the 1800s on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity, democracy and solidarity.
With those values in mind, today co-ops operate under the 7 Cooperative Principles:
- Voluntary & Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy & Independence
- Education, Training & Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Commitment to Community
COOPERATIVE DIFFERENCE VIDEO CRITERIA
- Research and familiarize yourself with the distinctive qualities of cooperatives.
- Record a video (no longer than 2 minutes) about the “Cooperative Difference” – how are co-ops unique?
- Have fun with this component and show off your creativity!
- The videos from finalists will be shown at the reception in February. It will be figured into the overall presentation category of scoring by judges.
- Record your video horizontally (if using phone or tablet). Vertical submissions will not be accepted.
The websites below may be helpful as you prepare your entry:
History of American Cooperatives