HEA seeks applicants for Youth Rally program
Once again Homer Electric Association (HEA) is looking for high school students in their sophomore or junior year interested in representing Alaska at the national Youth Rally in Idaho, a program HEA has participated in since 1995. The program is financed by funds earned from the interest earned from uncollected HEA capital credits. According to Mary Ann Snowden, Membership advocate supervisor for HEA, the Youth Rally Program is a week long summer camp where students from across America learn about rural electrification history and cooperatives while developing leadership skills, “They learn the benefit of participating in a group and clear communication that draws out leadership skills and the benefits of what can be accomplished by working together,” said Snowden.
HEA recently sent out Youth Rally application forms along with their regular scholarship applications to Peninsula high schools, “The reason Youth Rally applicants need to be sophomores or juniors is because they may be selected to go on and represent their State or return as a second year student who participates is developing the next year’s camp,” explained Snowden. Snowden says the panel of judges is not just interested in grade point averages, “Great grades of course reflect a very confident student, but we primarily are looking for someone who is going to be a good representative and ambassador for our community.”
Mary Ann Snowden, HEA, with Youth Rally ambassadors Hannah Watkins & Laura Rooper
Last year Hannah Watkins, a sophomore at Kenai Central, and Laura Rooper of Nikiski were HEA ambassadors to the camp at Caldwell, Idaho and were selected by their peers for national honors. Laura Rooper was elected to return as a student director and will be returning to Idaho in April to plan the leadership camp to be held this summer, “The program is very much student driven. It was an honor to be selected and I’m really looking forward to returning. It’s a wonderful experience. Part of developing leadership skills is getting to interact, plan events, and the chance to lead and the Youth Rally program lets the students take charge,” said Rooper.
Watkins was elected for a two year term to represent Alaska at the national Youth Leadership Council in Washington D.C. “It was actually one of those life changing experiences filled with real life practical events and I am so looking forward to representing Alaska this summer in Washington D.C. I would really encourage students to apply for this summer’s Youth Rally program as it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Watkins. Among her duties at the week long leadership camp and Youth Tour in July will be to carry the Alaskan flag during the Youth Tour Parade of Flags in D.C.
HEA applications for the 2006 Youth Rally are available at high school counselor’s offices, HEA offices in Kenai and Homer, or by going on line www.homerelectric.com click on community programs and find the form to download.
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