IN THE NEWS: OPALCO Youth Shine at Regional Co-op Leadership Camp (9/2/14)
Congratulations to (l-r in photo) Gabi Carver-Hackett, Maya Burt-Kidwell, Willow Paige, William Coe and Peter Kamin who earned top honors at the 2014 ICUA Youth Rally. William was elected to return as Youth Director in 2015. Check out the photos on Facebook.
“I had an amazing time at the Rally. I met so many incredible people. There was always something to do and I learned so much. The speakers there were engaging, interesting and exciting. On top of the wonderful seminars, they planned these epic activities: water park, roller skating, bowling and dances – we even had a talent show. They did a perfect job of balancing education and fun.” – Marne’
OPALCO’s Board of Directors is pleased to sponsor the Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Program & Scholarships for sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Three high school students will be awarded a $500 scholarship and the opportunity to attend Youth Rally, a six-day summer camp at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho.
The Youth Rally provides a very full and fun week of travel, meeting new people, summer games (water park, bowling, volleyball, social dance, roller skating, talent show . . .) and field trips to local sites. All activities and games are designed to strengthen communication and leadership abilities. Through personal experience, students will learn how much can be accomplished by teamwork and a cooperative spirit. While at Youth Rally, students compete with each other for additional scholarship awards and other leadership opportunities.
Nourdine Jensen served on the OPALCO Board for 37 years between 1965 and 2008. Nourdine was a long-time boatbuilder and former Friday Harbor town councilman, school board member and port commissioner. Nourdine believed in reliable, affordable electricity for the rural islanders of San Juan County and he believed in the cooperative model. In that spirit, the Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Program was established to educate our youth about electric co-ops and public power, to give them the opportunity to expand their horizons and to develop leadership qualities.
For more information, contact Suzanne Olson or call 376-3537.