Ever wonder what it is like to walk the halls of the Capitol with members of Congress? Two local students, Amber Vaughn and DaNasia Sneed, were recently sponsored by Central Electric to take the trip of a lifetime as part of the N.C. Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
Amber, a student at Chatham Charter School, and DaNasia, a student at Southern Lee High School, joined over 1,700 youth from across the country June 10-16 in D.C. While there, they were able to sightsee at some of D.C.’s most famous attractions and historic memorials, enjoy a theatrical experience at the Kennedy Center, as well as engage in discussions with both of the state’s U.S. senators and several members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill. In addition to meeting members of Congress, they learned more about American history and the electric cooperative business model.
“The N.C. Electric Cooperative Youth Tour provides a great opportunity for our youth to engage with the political process and interact with our local representatives in Washington,” said Janet Jackson, Central Electric Youth Tour coordinator. “Each year, our Youth Tour representatives come back with an exciting and enthusiastic perspective on the democratic process and the cooperative business model.”
Central Electric sponsors two local high school students each year for the Youth Tour. If you will be a high school junior or senior during the 2018-19 school year, the application period for next year’s Youth Tour will begin in September and run through January 2018. For more information about this great program, visit the “Cooperative Youth Tour” page.