For immediate release:

8:00 AM – Friday, November 22, 2019

Every year, San Isabel Electric sends up to three young members on weeklong, all-expense paid leadership trips to Washington D.C. and a resort near Steamboat Springs to teach them the tools to better our communities.

“Politics are real and human when our young San Isabel members realize they have the power to shape our future, because they do have the same opportunities to have a conversation with their congressman as they do with their co-op’s leadership,” San Isabel Electric General Manager Reg Rudolph said.

At Youth Camp and Youth Tour, participants get to learn how easy it is to be engaged in the law and policy-making process, in Washington, at the state level at the local level—even at their co-op.

We also teach them about the seven cooperative principles all co-ops are founded upon. Perhaps the most important cooperative principle they learn about is Democratic Owner Control. All electric co-ops are led by local members who can understand and listen to the community. Youth Camp and Youth Tour participants discover they can take advantage of the same opportunities to shape the future of America, in the same way they can shape the future of their electric co-op.

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

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

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.