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Photo submitted Students from the Colorado electric cooperatives, including DMEA, take a break during the Rural Electric Youth Tour to snap a photo together at the national World War II Monument in Washington D.C.

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer youth leadership programs. DMEA will sponsor one student to attend the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. and three students to attend the Colorado Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs. Each program is all-expenses-paid. Current high school students between the ages of 16 and 18, as of June 2018, are encouraged to apply.

The National Rural Electric Youth Tour will take place June 7-14 in Washington, D.C. The week of activities begins in Denver where students from around the state visit the state capitol and are introduced to the electric cooperative industry with a presentation from Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The students then head to Washington D.C. with more than 1,000 of their peers for a week of learning and exploring. They will visit the Arlington National Cemetery, stroll through the Smithsonian museums, tour historic monuments, meet elected officials, and learn about the role of electric cooperatives in today's world. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is capped off with a dinner and dancing cruise on the Potomac River.

The Colorado Cooperative Youth Leadership camp will take place July 14-19. This weeklong adventure brings together more than 100 students from Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and Oklahoma at the Glen Eden resort in the mountains north of Steamboat Springs. The primary objective of the camp is to teach students about the cooperative model and how it works. The students will be asked to form their own cooperative, electing board members and voting on issues. They will participate in a variety of activities designed to develop leadership skills, including communication and teamwork. There is also plenty of time set aside for campers to explore and enjoy the mountains of Northern Colorado and Steamboat Springs. Students learn leadership skills through hands-on activities, and their teambuilding is put to test on a raft trip down the Colorado River.

DMEA covers all costs to participate in either program, including travel, lodging, and food. Each program is all-expenses-paid, with the only costs to the students being spending money for souvenirs or extra snacks.

Applicants must be current high school students, between the ages of 16 and 18 as of June 1, 2018, and be dependents of a DMEA member. Interested students must complete an application form and a 500-word essay. Applications are available online at www.dmea.com. Students can also pick up application forms from their high school guidance counselors.

Applications must be received by DMEA on or before Monday, Jan. 8. Mail your application to:Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Attn: Phil Sanchez, PO Box 910, Montrose, CO.

Applications can also be dropped off in person at the DMEA office in Montrose or Read (21191 H75 Road).

For more information visit www.dmea.com and look for youth tour and leadership camp information under the Community tab, or contact Phil at (970) 240-1207 or phil.sanchez@dmea.com.

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