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Midwest Engergy Cooperative accepting applicants for Youth Teen Summit

Published 9:11am Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Midwest Energy Cooperative is looking for a few good teens for the 2014 Youth Leadership Summit (YLS), which will be held April 23-25 at Spring Hill Camp in Evart, Mich.

YLS, presented by Michigan’s electric cooperatives, is a high-energy, interactive experience designed to help young people grow as leaders. High school sophomores and juniors from Midwest Energy’s service area are invited to take their team-building skills to the next level at this unique three-day event.

Students from throughout Michigan will come together to test themselves, mentally and physically, with a combination of hands-on classroom exercises and individual and group challenges. They will also explore career opportunities, test their decision-making skills as an elected official, and learn what to expect as they prepare for life after high-school.

The camp is located just south of Cadillac, on 515 acres of northern Michigan forests and rolling hills.

Four Midwest Energy students will be selected to represent the cooperative at YLS, and up to two of those students will be selected for a once-in-a-lifetime Washington, D.C. trip with the 2014 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour, on June 14-19. This all-expenses-paid trip provides students with the opportunity to watch history come alive as they explore the museums, memorials and monuments of our nation’s capital, and meet face-to-face with their elected officials.

With the exception of personal spending money, both trips are fully funded by the cooperative. Applications must be received by March 21, 2014 for consideration. For more information or to apply online, visit or contact Nicole Barfell at 269-445-1112 or

Midwest Energy Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility providing electric distribution and an assortment of energy-related programs and services to more than 35,000 customers in 11 counties in southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio.

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