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Virtual Youth Experience

In June 2020...

South Carolina's electric cooperative sponsored the first-ever Virtual Youth Experience.

This experience brought together 77 high-achieving high school students from across South Carolina to meet with various state and national leaders. This live, virtual conference focused on highlighting the skills required to lead during the COVID-19 pandemic and allowed students the opportunity to interact with those responsible for guiding our state through this unprecedented time.

During the conference, students also receive hands-on training in journalism skills to create podcasts that answer the question: What are the expected impacts of COVID-19 on Generation Z? Utilizing classic storytelling structures, students worked together in small teams to incorporate both their individual experiences during the pandemic and lessons learned from those leading South Carolina.

Completed podcasts will be submitted on July 17 and evaluated by a panel of distinguished journalists. The finalists will have their podcasts showcased on the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina website, with the members of the top entry each receiving a $5,000 scholarship. The top entry will be announced on July 31.

Below, you can view conversations these students had with state and federal leaders during the Virtual Youth Experience:


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