Shaping Our Youth for Their Future
You may recognize one of the five students on the cover of this month’s Kentucky Living magazine! These remarkable teens are your 2016 Nolin RECC Washington Youth Tour delegates and they competed with other local youth to earn a trip in June to Washington, D.C., for the 52nd Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Young people who experience Youth Tour have the opportunity to explore our nation’s capital, make lasting friendships, engage in leadership training, learn a bit about how our government operates, and see the impact electric cooperatives have on the legislative process. Youth Tour is an amazing program, and Nolin is proud to be one of the electric cooperatives across the country that participate. Over the past five decades, nearly 50,000 students have visited Washington through Youth Tour.
The Washington Youth Tour is not the only program we sponsor for high school students. Nolin also awards college scholarships to graduating seniors who wish to further their education. In fact, we even offer a continuing education scholarship to a member who plans to go back to college after spending time away from the classroom. Altogether, Nolin awarded over $15,000 in scholarships this year alone!
The importance of educating and engaging young people in our community has always been—and will always be—a priority for your cooperative. Oftentimes we hear students say, “I’ve been waiting until I was old enough to enter the Youth Tour” or “My sister was awarded a scholarship and I hope to earn one too.” Nolin’s tradition of helping youth succeed has become well-known throughout our local community and in our school systems. You will meet the Washington Youth Tour students along with our college scholarship recipients in this month’s Nolin News. We’re extremely proud to introduce these outstanding leaders to our membership, and we plan to continue these amazing programs for years to come. It’s our way of making a difference in the communities we serve!