Two area youth attend youth tour, one selected for National Youth Council

June 27, 2016

Youth Tour NE group 2016

2016 Nebraska Youth Tour ambassadors visited The White House while touring Washington, D.C.

Justin Henry of North Platte and Trey Keaschall of Pleasanton recently attended the National Rural Electric Association Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

Henry, a customer of Dawson Public Power District, was selected at the Nebraska Rural Electric Association Youth Energy Leadership Camp to serve as an ambassador and attend the NRECA Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 10-16.  Keaschall, who also attended YELC, was sponsored by Dawson PPD.

Chaperoned by the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, Henry, Keaschall and 16 other Nebraska students traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn about the electric utility industry and tour the nation’s capital while representing their public power districts and electric cooperatives. The annual NRECA Youth Tour hosts about 1,800 rural high school-aged students across the United States. The week-long event, held June 10-16, included participants meeting with members of the Nebraska Congressional delegation and attending the NRECA Youth Day to learn about political engagement, leadership and the pressing issues facing the electric industry today.

While in Washington, D.C., Justin Henry was chosen from among the Nebraska students to represent Nebraska as the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) member.

As the YLC delegate, Henry will next attend the YLC Conference in Washington, D.C.  The conference agenda includes leadership and team building exercises, meeting with Capitol Hill staff members who are alumni of NRECA’s Rural Electric Youth Tour, and a competition to select the NRECA’s National Youth Spokesperson. All 44 members of the YLC from across the nation, including Justin, will participate in the 2017 NRECA Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. They will provide assistance to the NRECA staff and co-op delegates; participate in the Parade of States at the opening General Session, and take part in a variety of educational forums.

NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit, public power districts and cooperatives which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.

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