Applications for Youth Leadership Program trips will be accepted starting November 2021!
Every year GVP sponsors the Youth Tour and Cooperative Leadership Camp for high school juniors and seniors!
One student receives an all-expense paid trip to explore Colorado in June, for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Normally, the tour occurs in Washington, D.C., but because of travel restrictions and state requirements for visitors, the trip has been cancelled but revamped to occur in-state. Students selected will join other Colorado students from cooperatives across the state for a week of touring sites, meeting legislators, learning about the cooperative business model and having a fantastic time in our own homestate! #exploreCO
Two students will also attend the Colorado Electric Education Institute’s Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) in Clark, Colorado, just outside Steamboat Springs, in July. Here they will join approximately 90 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming to improve upon their leadership skills, set up and operate a cooperative, participate in legislative forums and enjoy some classic Colorado activities like rafting and touring the Trapper Mine.
So don't delay - apply today!
My trip has affected me in the most positive way. It has reminded me of the endless possibilities our country has to offer, but it has more than anything, made me proud to be an American.Kianna Colaizzi
Youth Tour and Camp Information
During your all-expense paid trip to roam Colorado, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other high school juniors and seniors from around Colorado. Students gain a personal understanding of Colorado state history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representatives and senators and exploring the sights around Colorado. The itinerary this year is EPIC. You'll stay at the Westin, tour the Colorado Capitol, Mile High Stadium, Denver Mint and Aquarium, then shoot off to the mountains for a river rafting experience, hydroelectricity facility and get outdoors. It is an opportunity for an experience of a lifetime and to make some great new friends. The dates for the Youth Tour are June 15- 20, 2021.
The Cooperative Leadership Camp is an all-expense-paid trip to Clark, Colorado, located just outside of Steamboat Springs. High school juniors and seniors from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming will gather at a beautiful resort located along the Elk River and spend the week at an outstanding Leadership Camp. You’ll participate in activities to improve personal goals, set up and run your own cooperative, and get an inside view of the state and national legislatures. There is plenty of time spent rafting the Colorado River, hiking to Fish Creek Falls, riding the gondola to Mt. Werner, banquets, BBQ's, dancing and more. Many of the attendees call this camp a “life-changing” experience. This year's trip will be from July 17-22, 2021.
Eligible applicants must be:
1. High school students* that are at least 16 years of age on or before the selected trip,
2. Dependents of parents or guardians that are members of Grand Valley Power.
*You must currently still be attending high school at the time of application. If you will graduate during the summer of 2021, you are still eligible to attend the tour or camp.
Complete the 2021 Youth Tour and Leadership Camp Application by online submission (see below), or print the PDF and fill out the required information.
Submit a typed essay (minimum length of 500 words) covering the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend the Youth Tour or Camp?
- What are some of your hobbies, extracurricular activities, volunteer experiences or academic achievements that you would like us to know about?
- What do you hope to gain from this experience?
Send us your completed application and essay by January 13, 2021 either by online submission (by midnight) or by dropping it off at our main office (by 5 p.m.). We will also accept emailed applications and essays at firstname.lastname@example.org if submitted by midnight. Winners will be contacted by January 27, 2021 and selected by the board of directors community committee.
Applicants will be judged on if the required questions were answered, overall content and grammar.