Laurens student earns statewide honor during Youth Tour

Peyton Crowder of Laurens has been selected as the South Carolina Youth Leadership Council delegate during the Washington Youth Tour.

The son of Eddie and Angie Crowder, Peyton is representing Laurens Electric Cooperative on the annual educational trip. He is one of 69 students sponsored by South Carolina’s electric co-ops who visiting the nation’s capital along with about 1,800 students sponsored by electric co-ops in other states.

During Youth Tour, students have the chance to be selected to represent their state on the NRECA Youth Leadership Council (YLC). One student from each state is selected and they will come back to Washington, D.C., in July for a leadership workshop which will focus on the electric cooperative industry.

The purpose of the YLC conference is to build leadership and public speaking skills, and to enhance the delegates’ knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business.

Each student will prepare a 5-7 minute speech about what inspired them during their Youth Tour trip. Also, the YLC National Spokesperson will be selected to address the membership at the NRECA Annual Meeting and to address the Youth Tour delegates the following year.

Members of the YLC play an important role during NRECA’s Annual Meeting the following spring. Not only are the YLC members recognized on stage, they have a hands-on experience with virtually every facet of the meeting including the resolutions process and helping our members communicate with their legislators.

Youth Leadership Council members leave more poised, confident and a better developed leader with a strong determination to improve your community and make their country a better place. Further, they leave having built life-long friendships with other student leaders from across the country.

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