Educational Programs

Read about all of OEC’s leadership and educational opportunities for youth.

L.E.A.R.N. Program

Youth Tour

Energy Camp

L.E.A.R.N. Curriculum

OEC is committed to equipping the next generation of co-op members to turn knowledge into action, lead with confidence and be dedicated community servants. To that end, we offer an extensive suite of educational and leadership programs. We are currently scheduling classroom visits for 2020. Request additional details and schedule below.

Get Charged

Get Charged is an educational program from OECA hands-on electricity education curriculum tailored to satisfy state education requirements at each level. We have experiments on magnetism, conductivity and insulation, circuits, generator motors, and more. This program can be interdisciplinary and works great in conjunction with math, history, and business classes. Current curriculum is designed for K-5th grade. You can request a Get Charged! Kit for your classroom below. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.

Do Watt’s Wise

Do Watts Wise educational program from OEC in OklahomaWe teach the importance of staying safe around electricity. They go over indoor and outdoor safety, how electricity works—including generation and fuel sources, and storm safety. During the presentation students get to handle actual safety gear used by linemen. We will discuss conductors and insulators and identify different materials as such. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.

Co-opoly

Teacher presenting at the LEARN program from OECWe present the idea and guiding principles of this democratic form of business known as cooperative. Workshops have a mix of discussion, group work and interactive elements. Teams must successfully navigate these situations while keeping in mind not only the bottom line, but also democratic member control via the board of directors and make decisions affecting members and employees alike. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.

Live Line Demonstration

OEC worker teaching students at the Live line program from OEC in Oklahoma.Electrical safety is top priority for OEC employees and top priority for our educational programs. Live Line high voltage lessons are catered to every age group from elementary to professional groups like first responders. We train fire and police departments as well as all ages of school groups on how electricity works concentrating on safety, how fuses work, voltage, and the basics of power line design. We present safe electricity practices with a fully functional and interactive trailer–complete with energy arcs, a hot dog demonstration, and engaging content. All requests are pending weather conditions as inclement weather (and the restoration of power) must take precedent. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.

Call Tory Tedder-Loffland at 405-217-6726 for more information.

Youth Tour

OEC’s best-known and most anticipated youth program.

Perhaps OEC’s best-known and most anticipated youth program, Youth Tour is a week-long, all-expenses-paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. in June of each year. OEC annually sponsors four delegates—all juniors—from high schools within its service territory on Youth Tour. Students travel with the Oklahoma delegation (70+ students) to our nation’s capital where they tour historic sites and national landmarks, meet Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, and more. Youth Tour has earned a reputation as “a trip of a lifetime” by former participants. Youth Tour will be June 18-24, 2021.
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Applicants will submit an essay or written speech on the topic outlined below. Eight applicants will be selected as finalists to progress in the contest. Four of the eight finalists will be chosen as “Youth Tourians” at the Mon., Feb. 22 event. The other four finalists will have the opportunity to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Leadership Camp at Goddard Youth Camp.

Over 80 years ago, America’s farmers and rural citizens joined together to bring electricity to their communities — communities which the for-profit companies refused to serve. As a result, they improved the quality of life for rural Americans by satisfying an unmet need. Today, co-ops of all kinds bring that same spirit of purpose and cooperation to the changing needs of a new generation both rural and urban.

How would you use co-op principles to satisfy a need in your community? Convince the audience to join your endeavor.

https://www.facebook.com/OklaElec Contest resources, updates, reminders, and more will be posted on OEC’s Facebook page. Look for co-op business model examples.

Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives provides a comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business. It covers the nature and extent of the use of cooperatives, compares cooperatives to other business structures, explains the various roles employees and members play within the co-op, and more. This is a publication of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

www.electric.coop America’s Electric Cooperatives / National Rural Electric Cooperative Association / Search for “Youth Tour” using the website’s search option to find videos of past tours, speeches from Youth Leadership Council members, and more.

USDA Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service houses a library of more than 150 co-op publications ranging from basic co-op primers, such as “Co-ops 101,” to in-depth reports on technical topics, to reports that focus on co-op economic theory, such as “The Nature of the Cooperative.” To access these publications, please see Publications for Cooperatives.

www.strongertogether.coop  National Co+op Grocers (NCG)

www.ncba.coop  National Cooperative Business Association

www.co-opcreditunions.org   About Credit Unions

https://nwithey.wixsite.com/oklahomayouthtour  Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour details

In this contest, you are being judged on your power of persuasion–first in writing and then in oration. You need to convince us (the audience) that your co-op will satisfy an unmet need or solve a problem that no other group or company will solve. You may need to convince us that the “unmet need or problem” is something we should care about. Making a connection with your audience is vital for the success of your co-op. [Think Shark Tank for co-ops.]

The first step in making a connection with your audience occurs well before you meet them. Choose your co-op carefully and pick a topic you care about.

Eight finalists will be chosen to move forward in the competition. Finalists are required to attend a half-day speech workshop, Saturday, January, 30, where they will learn techniques to hone their speech-craft and visual presentation skills. Finalists are also required to compete at the OEC Youth Tour Contest, Monday, February 22. The Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. is June 18-24, 2021. Before applying, make sure you are available on these dates.

  • I am currently a high school junior.
  • I am available to attend the Workshop (Jan. 30), Contest (Feb. 22), and Youth Tour (June 18-24).
  • I have confirmed my availability with my parents, coaches, church group, club sponsors, and anyone else who makes decisions about my life.
  • I am super excited and can’t wait to win this thing. I LOVE CO-OPS!
  • Choose a topic. Choose your co-op carefully. Your co-op should be about something you care about. OEC was formed by people who couldn’t get the for-profit utility to provide service at a fair rate. OEC Fiber is doing the same thing today by taking quality high-speed internet where no one else will. From grocery and farm co-ops to housing co-ops to education co-ops, the choice is yours and the options are infinite.
  • Write your essay or speech. 750-1,500 words and double spaced.
  • Complete the online entry form, link below. Be prepared to include information about your activities, honors and awards, positions/offices held, community involvement, and special interests.
  • Address questions to Tory Tedder-Loffland at 217-6726 or tory@okcoop.org.

Energy Camp

A four-day action-packed adventure for eighth-graders, Energy Camp helps develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative enterprises, the rural electrification program and electrical safety. Each year, OEC sponsors two students to the camp at Canyon Camp, near Hinton, Oklahoma, May 26-29, 2020.

While Energy Camp offers many traditional summer camp activities like swimming, hiking, basketball, and a ropes course, teens also have the unique opportunity to climb a utility pole, ride in the basket of a bucket truck, watch a co-op crew at work, and create and run a co-op business. They’ll take home a new-found confidence and a host of new friends—like minded peers from all over Oklahoma.

Students currently enrolled in the eighth grade within OEC’s service territory are eligible to compete for a spot at Energy Camp.

Students currently enrolled in eighth grade and attending a school located within OEC’s service territory qualify. Homeschooled students living within the OEC service territory and at the equivalent eighth grade level qualify.

  • Applicants must write a 250 – 500 word essay about leadership. Discuss what makes a great leader and what kind of leader you want to be.
  • Applicants must submit a resume of their curricular, extracurricular and leadership activities. Include awards, recognitions or certificates received. Also include club memberships, offices held, hobbies, community involvement and special interests.
  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or community leader.
  • Fill out the online entry form here, and upload the essay, resume and letter of recommendation OR mail all items to:

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative
Attn: Energy Camp
PO Box 1208
Norman OK 73070-1208

DEADLINE: April 1, 2020

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