Education & Youth

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Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives is committed to building the next generation of electric cooperative members.

Every June, approximately 40 students from around the state attend the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour. This educational leadership experience takes high school sophomores and juniors on a fun and unique trip to Washington, D.C., where they meet 1,600 other co-op teens from around the country. While in D.C., students learn about the unique cooperative business model, visit Capitol Hill to meet with Ohio’s legislative leaders and experience the sights and sounds and rich history of our nation’s capital.

Since 1954, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives has been helping graduating seniors continue their education through the Children of Members Scholarship Program. Each cooperative awards scholarships on a local level and selects two representatives to compete for additional scholarship money from the statewide association. More recently, the Touchstone Energy® Achievement Scholarship program was added to recognize students who have overcome challenges in their pursuit of an education and may not qualify for more traditional scholarships.

Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives has also paired with the Ohio Energy Project to educate middle schoolers on energy use through the Be E3 Smart program. Be E3 Smart provides teachers with practical lesson plans and supplies that help students monitor and reduce their families’ energy use. The curriculum is designed by teachers, for teachers and adheres to all state educational standards.

For more information on co-op youth programs, contact your electric cooperative’s youth coordinator.