Empower Youth leadership program gearing up for 2018 launch


Students take part in an exercise during an Empower Youth session hosted by Sioux Valley Energy in January.

Basin Electric and several member cooperatives are nearing the launch of the Empower Youth Leadership Program to help high school students enhance their self-belief by encouraging them to build on their strengths and recognize their own leadership potential.

The program is an expansion of a youth leadership program provided by Sioux Valley Energy, a Basin Electric member co-op headquartered in Colman, South Dakota.

Kristie Ching, Basin Electric project coordinations representative and Empower Youth program director, recruited volunteers from several of Basin Electric’s member co-ops. Those co-ops will each become the face of the Empower Youth program in their respective service areas.

One participating co-op, Central Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Mitchell, South Dakota, hopes to sponsor a student from each of the co-op’s eight counties.

“Our investment in these future leaders is an investment in the future of our communities,” says Courtney Deinert, Central Electric manager of communications. “The rural electric story has always been about serving a need, and by telling that story through Empower Youth, hopefully these students recognize that call to service in the future.”

Learn more in the November-December 2017 Basin Today: Leadership program ready to launch

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