Some of Tri-State’s employees are tasked with educating students, educators and other groups on the many benefits that affordable, consumer-owned electric power provides in the daily lives of the millions of Americans. This effort is part of a multi-faceted Tri-State program to promote our industry and support the leaders of tomorrow.
With that youth education goal in mind, Jonathan Thornton, strategic communications specialist, recently (March 26) visited Denver’s Middle School of Science and Technology to give a brief presentation on the association for a “careers in energy” program organized by the school. Thornton was joined by several other energy industry presenters on the program.
The Tri-State presenter kept his young audience engaged during his 15-minute slide show and talk with plenty of back-and-forth questions and answers about how electricity is used in our everyday lives, where it originates and how Tri-State’s role as wholesale power supplier to electric cooperatives fits into overall power supply picture.
Thornton is well versed in combining energy education and fun into an effective youth program. During the past several years he has served as the operations manager for the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp, which is held for one week each summer near Steamboat Springs, Colo.
The leadership camp, which attracts nearly 100 high school-aged teens from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma, provides a brief Rocky Mountain getaway for kids selected and sponsored by their local electric co-ops, including many of Tri-State’s member systems.
In addition to the typical summertime fun and recreation, the campers learn to operate their own camp cooperative, construct a model of an electric system, attend a power line safety demonstration and learn about the Touchstone Energy program.
This year’s Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp will be held July 13-18.