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Applications for 2022 Youth Tour will be available on Feb. 1.

Three local high school juniors participate in Youth Tour!

The Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., was canceled for 2021, but First Electric Cooperative and the state’s other electric cooperatives provided a web-based opportunity for select high school juniors in June. The event allowed participants to engage with state and federal elected officials and learn about the cooperative business model as well as the importance of public service.

This year’s participants representing First Electric were:

Chloe Miller of Cabot
Cabot High School

Payton Dumas of Bauxite
Bauxite High School

Evan Cates of Perryville
Perryville High School

This virtual experience consisted of:

  • Learning about electric cooperatives and the cooperative business model;
  • Hearing from lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the Arkansas State Capitol;
  • Hearing from Arkansas business, education and faith leaders on the pandemic and related processes in Arkansas;
  • Electing a Youth Leadership Council representative to NRECA's YLC program;
  • Interacting with each other virtually; and
  • Learning how students could earn a $5,000 college scholarship by planning and executing a public service project in the local community. (Students will not be required to perform a project to participate in Youth Tour.)

The virtual experience was conducted via Zoom. Winners of the 2021 Youth Tour each received a laptop computer.

First Electric’s Youth Tour delegates, Evan Cates of Perryville and Chloe Miller of Cabot, each won a $5,000 scholarship for their community service projects from the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Cates dedicated 45 hours to restore and clean 20 headstones at the Ada Valley Cemetery. His project inspired others to clean grave markers in accordance with Cemetery Conservators Standards and make the project a long-term effort in the Ada Valley community.

Miller organized a Cabot Public Schools tennis fundraiser that benefited Lonoke County Safe Haven which provides shelter for those affected by domestic violence. Her 30-hour project involved 20 team members, food vendors, entertainment and videography which was a success despite many challenges.