San Isabel Electric recently honored sisters Nicole and Sophia Lague with an unforgettable leadership trip. The Lagues were beaming with excitement when they returned from the all-expense-paid, weeklong adventure at the esteemed Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC).
“I learned that I am not a victim. I can have control over my life. If something happens that I don’t necessarily enjoy or find good, I could still chalk it up as a learning experience,” Sophia said about her newfound perspective that has become a source of strength and resilience.
CYLC was held July 15 – 20 at the Glen Eden Resort, in Clark Colorado, which is nestled in the breathtaking mountains near Steamboat Springs, CO, about 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs.
CYLC gathered an impressive cohort of 76 students hailing from Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. The camp not only provided an incredible experience but also imparted valuable knowledge about the cooperative business model, crucial leadership skills that will undoubtedly shape their future endeavors, and a foundation of new lifelong friendships.
“My cabinmates became like a family. We would make breakfast together and talk late into the night,” Nicole said describing the bonds made with her cabinmates.
The action-packed week included activities like a trip to the majestic peak of Mt. Werner, a tour of a power plant, volleyball tournament, talent show, dance, and rafting expedition.
Looking ahead, aspiring young leaders can set their sights on the 2024 leadership camp trip. The trip is available to high school students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2023 – 2024 academic year, and whose parents or legal guardians purchase electricity from San Isabel Electric. To apply, visit siea.com/youthleadership.
Cooperative Youth Leadership is made possible by funding from San Isabel Electric and and the Colorado Electric Educational Institute. The trip is led by a camp director from one of Colorado’s electric cooperatives. This year’s camp director was San Isabel Electric Communications Specialist Christina Calacci. The trip was organized by Communications Manager Paris Daugherty.
As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving 20,000 member-owners and 25,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.