Cooperative Youth Summit
Join fellow co-op members as they gather in our state capital to experience South Carolina like never before!
The Opportunity Awaits
Marlboro Electric Cooperative will select three rising high school seniors from Marlboro and Dillon counties to attend an educational field trip in Columbia, S.C. Students will learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service and the energy industry.
The all-expenses paid trip is sponsored by Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC) and attendees will be selected by their local electric cooperative. ECSC is the statewide service and trade association for local electric cooperatives.
This is sure to be an exciting once-in-a-lifetime trip that you don't want to miss out on! For more information or other questions about the Cooperative Youth Summit, please contact Hanna Cheek, MEC’s Marketing & Communications Representative, at (843) 454-2880.
Applications are due by March 1, 2018.
Applicants who have been selected to represent Marlboro Electric at this year's Cooperative Youth Summit will be notified by Mach 15, 2018.
About the Youth Summit
Students will travel to Columbia July 10 – 13, 2018 to participate in the Cooperative Youth Summit, an all-expense-paid trip, where students are given an introduction to the business model behind cooperatives and visit various local educational sites in our state’s capitol. The 2018 trip will be the second annual trip to Columbia by South Carolina Cooperative students. In July 2017, 46 high school students and seven chaperones representing 15 electric cooperatives spent three days in the city on the first statewide Cooperative Youth Summit.
Last year’s Columbia trip included visits to Tri-County Electric’s solar energy farm in St. Matthews and the South Carolina Statehouse. Students also received an explanation of lobbying by ECSC government relations staff. Students had the opportunity to meet a judge and a legislator, tour the Richland County Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility, take a trip to Riverbanks Zoo, and have a catered dinner at the historic Robert Mills House.
The highlight of the day for the students came when what was scheduled to be a short visit with Gov. Henry McMaster turned into an impromptu personal greeting with all 46 attendees. After sharing words of encouragement and answering questions, McMaster gave the students a tour of his personal office and conference room and spent almost an hour out of his day taking pictures and talking with each of the attendees.