Wyatt Britt from Blythewood, Destini Simpson from Lewisville, Alexis Williams from Fairfield Central, and Harrison Kennedy also from Fairfield Central High School represented Fairfield Electric Cooperative at the third annual Cooperative Youth Summit trip in July. They learned about solar, electric cars, and commitment to community.
Cooperative Youth Summit
Fifty-five high school students from across the state returned to school this fall with a better understanding of how electric cooperatives are preparing for the future.
Fairfield Electric co-sponsored the Cooperative Youth Summit in July, giving local seniors Wyatt Britt, Destini Simpson, Alexis Williams and Harrison Kennedy a chance to tour renewable energy sites, meet with state government leaders, explore careers in the electric industry and take rides in all-electric vehicles. In its third year, the Cooperative Youth Summit also included a visit to Newberry Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar farm.
The students also visited the capitol complex in Columbia. There, the students were involved in a Q & A with state Rep. Micah Caskey (S.C. House Dist. 89). They learned about his background and why he wanted to be a politician.
Students also visited Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative in Lexington, learning about line work, taking bucket truck rides, observing pole-climbing demonstrations and hearing of co-op career opportunities. They partnered with S.C. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) to fill 448 bags with personal items for homeless students as part of WIRE’s Kids’ Closet initiative. More than 11,000 S.C. students experienced homelessness last year, they learned.
At the end of the trip, students took rides in electric vehicles, a Tesla Model S and Model 3. Association employees explained the science behind electric vehicles.
Fairfield Electric supports programs like the Cooperative Youth Summit to demonstrate its commitment to community, one of four core values of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives such as Fairfield. Learn more about the cooperative difference at Fairfield.coop.