(Cumming, June 25, 2019) “Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” John C. Maxwell
Outstanding students from across Georgia, including Forsyth County, recently returned from the Washington Youth Tour, a week-long leadership experience exclusively for teens sponsored by the electric cooperatives in Georgia, including Sawnee EMC.
From June 13-20, Ella Reid and Geneve Lauby, joined 1,800 of her accomplished and ambitious peers in Washington D.C. to understand the importance of civic engagement, to tour national historic sites and to learn valuable leadership lessons they can utilize in their communities back home. The lessons learned by students cannot be replicated in the classroom.
Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs with Sawnee EMC believes that this carefully chaperoned tour of the nation’s capital, full of our national treasures, provides not only an opportunity for an enriched history lesson but also a unique experience that includes interactive exhibits and firsthand accounts.
In Georgia, this year’s contingent included 115 student delegates, 12 chaperones and three tour directors. The delegates met in Atlanta for team building exercises and departed for D.C. the next morning.
“The students watch history come to life as they walk and talk in the same places where people have helped shape our country,” says Blake House, VP of Member Services with Sawnee EMC. “They also meet other delegates from across the country with different backgrounds, life experiences and walks of life to give them a broader perspective and deeper appreciation of the world at large.”
With a firm commitment to enriching our future, the purpose of the Youth Tour is to help EMCs develop our state’s most precious resource, our youth, according to Mrs. Badgett.
While in D.C., stops included Mount Vernon, Arlington Cemetery, U.S. Capitol, National Archives, National Cathedral, and the Smithsonian Museums and many other sites. In addition to taking in the sights, students gained perspective on some of today’s important issues and their role as involved citizens. Everyone had the opportunity to engage with staff and/or members of Georgia’s congressional delegation as well as a visit with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.
One of our delegates, Geneve Lauby says it best, ““The Washington Youth Tour was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Touring the nation’s capital allowed me to witness firsthand the true sacrifice that has made our country so prosperous and only strengthened my patriotism for the USA. This coupled with the unforgettable memories, inside jokes, and adventures I made with new lifelong friends from all parts of the state and even different parts of the country cumulated into an experience I will never forget!”
Applications will be available in the fall and located on our website at www.sawnee.com. We hope to see many more students apply for this great leadership experience.
About Sawnee EMC
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to over 181,300 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $713 million, with energy sales of 3.76 billion kWh and annual revenue of $362 million. With a team of approximately 340 dedicated professionals and over 11,392 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…
“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.