5:00 PM – Monday, December 23, 2019 – Not a single application for either of San Isabel Electric’s, week-long, all-expense-paid youth leadership trips has been submitted. The application deadline is midnight December 31, 2019.

“High school kids procrastinate. That’s expected. By now, we usually have at least one or two applications. Last year, we were able to send every student who applied and was able to attend,” Communications Manager Paris Elliott said.

In 2019, San Isabel Electric sent a record number of five students on the trips. Two students from Pueblo West High School were selected for Youth Tour in Washington D.C. Two students from Rye High School and one from Pueblo West High School were selected for Youth Camp near Steamboat.

“This camp has changed my life because it made me realize that I can do a lot more than I think I can do. I learned that I have a lot more confidence than I thought I did,” a recent Youth Camp participant said.

To apply for either opportunity, applicants need to fill out the application located on San Isabel Electric’s website siea.com/youthleadership and create a no-longer-than five-minute video telling a children’s story of what happens when you flip the light switch on.

Both trips teach skills to help better communities, how to be engaged in the law and policy-making process and leadership skills.

Any high school junior whose family buys power from San Isabel Electric is eligible to apply.

Applications will be judged on knowledge, creativity, and accuracy of information. The applicants selected for each opportunity will be announced no later than January 25, 2020.


As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 Member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.