FreeState Electric Cooperative invests in our youth with opportunities that are designed to reflect the realities of our society and its preference for dynamic, personal interactions. In today's professional world, employers and thought leaders want to see presenters who make a connection with the audience while communicating a message. These experiences are all-expenses-paid and will truly be the experiences of a lifetime for area youth.  

Who Is Eligible?
Any high school junior whose parents or guardians are members of FreeState Electric Cooperative, living in the service territory, is eligible to apply for these all-expense paid opportunities. 

How to apply
Visit our Youth Program Application Page for details on what is required to apply. Each student will need to fill out an application and provide a short essay that can be completed and uploaded right on the website!

Students who are interested in applying and have more questions can contact the Youth Program Coordinator, Sarah Farlee at 1-800-794-1989 or email for more information.



Youth Leadership Camp is scheduled for July 14-20, 2023. The Cooperative Youth Tour is scheduled for June 15-22, 2023, in Washington, D.C. 




Youth Tour

D.C. Youth Tour

We’re finally able to get back to our nation’s capital!  Cooperatives select youth for this opportunity as part of our strong commitment to the community and our mission to inspire future generations to become leaders. This trip opens the eyes of many students to future possibilities in leadership roles while building lifelong friendships. Delegates have visited many of our nation’s monuments and attended the NRECA Youth Day, which brings together youth from all over the county to hear speakers.

This experience is scheduled for June 15-22, 2023

FreeState will sponsor ONE area student for this life-changing trip!



Cooperative Leadership Camp
At the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, the campers participated in daily membership meetings where they established committees and elected a general manager and board of directors. Campers also had time to enjoy area activities including visits to Fish Creek Falls and Steamboat Springs, river rafting, and participating in camp activities such as volleyball, swimming, and a talent show. 

The youth learned about the workings of electric cooperatives through a variety of activities: Yampa Valley Electric’s linemen led a high voltage safety demonstration, campers competed in building a model transmission line out of craft supplies, and they toured the Trapper Mine and Craig Power Plant.

Leadership Camp is scheduled for July 14 to 20, 2023.

FreeState will sponsor ONE area student for this life-changing trip!

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