SOPHIE CANTELLAY attended the 46th Annual Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) from July 14-20, 2023. The leadership camp was held near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and hosted 43 student leaders from Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming, sponsored by 25 participating electric cooperatives.
During the camp, Cantellay learned how an electric cooperative is organized and operated by developing a model cooperative with her fellow students, empowering the campers to elect a board of directors, appoint a general manager, establish committees, and attend daily membership meetings. Camp participants also attended educational seminars on leadership, online reputation management, conflict management and co-op careers. In addition to presentations on high-voltage electricity, raptors and avian protection with HawkQuest, the campers enjoyed a tour of the Craig Power Station and the Yampa Valley Electric community solar array.
Cantellay felt the camp had a positive effect on her. “I learned many great ways to better myself as a leader and as a person,” she said. “I am very grateful that AEC chose me to represent them at CYLC. It was a great experience for me and all of the other people involved. I had tons of fun, and I hope that this program continues to help future leaders!”
Along with its professional development programs, CYLC included a visit to Mount Werner and downtown Steamboat Springs, whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, and other fun activities such as a volleyball tournament, swimming, talent show and a dance.
AEC is proud to continue sponsoring co-op student leaders at the CYLC. It is an honor to help provide students with opportunities to grow in their leadership potential and develop the knowledge to further engage in our cooperative community.
For more information on how to apply for this leadership camp, contact Robyn Turney or visit www.aec.coop/youth-programs.