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LPEA seeking applicants for Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is seeking high school juniors to participate in the Colorado Electric Education Institute Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp — an all-expense paid educational/leadership camp set for July 10-15 at Glen Eden Resort outside of Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Deadline for application is Friday, Jan. 6.

   “In an increasingly challenging world, LPEA and our trade association, the Colorado Rural Electric Association, hope to help young people from those areas served by rural electric cooperatives gain a competitive edge,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “The camp is a hands-on, learn by doing effort. Experiences like this truly help those participants who apply themselves achieve greater confidence and leadership abilities that will benefit them in the future.”

For 30 years, the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp has brought together some 100 high school students selected by electric cooperatives in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming to help build the leadership skills that will assist them in meeting the challenges of the future, plus learn about the organization and operation of a cooperative.

LPEA will sponsor up to four high school juniors, one from each school district within its service territory (Pagosa Springs, Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio). All area high school juniors who receive their electric power from LPEA are eligible to participate in the 2012 camp, including home-schooled students.

To be considered, students are asked to complete the Leadership Camp application and submit it to LPEA, along with a 500-word essay reflecting the student’s personal perspective on leadership. Participants will be selected based on their essays, to be reviewed by an independent committee.

Applications are available at, from high school counselors or at the LPEA Durango and Pagosa Springs offices.

For further camp information or questions, contact Jeannie Bennett, or 382-3505.

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