Youth Trip Applications are accepted beginning on November 1st each year. An EEA representative will visit local high schools to make presentations and deliver applications about a month prior to the due date.
Students selected for this program will be introduced to the electric cooperative network. Participants come away with a better understanding of the state and national governments, local electric cooperatives, the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, Inc., and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Consideration is given to a student's interest in the electric cooperative, character, personal goals, and desire to obtain leadership skills without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or religious beliefs. Make sure that all items are completed on your application, as incomplete applications are not accepted.
- Age Requirement - Student must be enrolled as a high school junior and 16 years of age by January 1st or currently hold the status equivalent to junior in home-based schools or academies at the application deadline.
- Proof of Membership - Applicant's parents or legal guardians must have an active residential or business account with EEA. A copy of your EEA bill statement must accompany the application for verification of service.
- Content - Applicant must submit a typed paragraph about him or herself and their desire to participate in this program. Entries will be judged on sincerity of content and any other optional creative medium content.
- Selection - Judging and selection will be made by a committee composed of board members, administration, and selected staff members of EEA. If an applicant is an immediate family member of a committee member, the committee member will abstain from participating in that year's selection.
To be considered in 2021, your completed application must be returned to EEA's office at 801 N. Broadway, P. O. Box K, Cortez, Colorado, 81321, no later than 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020. Applications will be accepted after September 1st.
Dates for the NRECA Washington, D.C. Youth Tour is in June and will be announced.
Dates for the CEEI Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO is in July and will be announced.