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Future Leaders Take on Washington, D.C.


Since 1964 the nation’s electric cooperatives have sponsored more than 60,000 high school juniors and seniors to travel to Washington D.C. for visits with their U.S. congressional delegations as well as to learn from energy and grassroots government education sessions. The Youth Tour, hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, gives young people an opportunity to learn about the history of the United States and the Electric Cooperative movement, while putting into action the Cooperative Principles of civic participation and engagement.

Three young ladies represented Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) recently -- Kayleigh Long, daughter of Lisa and Nick Long of Virgilina; Rachel Marr, daughter of Marian and Terry Marr of Hurt; and Lily Parker, daughter of Michelle and Charles Parker, Jr., of Boydton.

One of the items of their busy agenda was a session entitled “Co-op 101” where they had an opportunity to learn more about the ever-evolving role of electric cooperatives to serve their members and local communities. Kayleigh Long comments, “I learned that cooperatives really do care about, not only their communities, but for all the communities.” 

One of several outings during the action-packed week included touring Capitol Hill and meeting with U. S. Representative Robert Hurt. Between educational sessions, the students had some time for informative visits to some of D.C.’s historical and cultural sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Newseum. 

Chaperone Brian Morris comments, “The tour not only lets these young people see their government in action, but shows how electric cooperatives are involved in their communities and the operation of our government. The experience is rewarding, educational and fun!”



For more about the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, visit www.youthtour.coop.





From left are Kayleigh Long, Lily Parker, Representative Hurt, and Rachel Marr.
The Mecklenburg group, chaperoned by MEC employee Brian Morris, tour Capitol Hill.


Students representing Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative have a chance to meet
 U. S. Rep. Robert Hurt while in Washington D.C. on the Youth Tour.



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