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Virtual Youth Experience

June 19-26, 2020

Demonstrating all that we CAN do together

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina Virtual Youth Experience will bring together high-achieving high school students from across South Carolina to meet with various state and national leaders. This live, virtual conference will focus on highlighting the skills required to lead during the COVID-19 pandemic and allow students the opportunity to interact with those responsible for guiding our state through this unprecedented time.

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

Mentors and specialized assistance will be available post-conference as students meet virtually with their teammates to record peer interviews and edit content. 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.

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