Youth Leadership Program

Youth Leadership Program

Students at Atlanta Capital

The Cobb EMC Youth Leadership Program gives current high school juniors the opportunity to develop leadership and networking skills, learn about their electric cooperative and earn scholarships. While learning about the co-op and making connections with other students, participants are also working to earn a spot on the Georgia Youth Tour. The Youth Leadership Program offers students the opportunity to earn a $1,500, $1,000 or $500 scholarship, along with an all-expenses-paid Georgia Youth Tour experience and a paid student summer internship.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a high school junior (including home-schooled students)
  • Live in a primary residence served by Cobb EMC
  • Complete the application and submit an essay (see How to Apply section below for details)
  • Cobb EMC employees and their children are not eligible for this program and scholarship
  • Cobb EMC Directors and their children are not eligible for this program and scholarship

How to Apply

  • Include the following items with your application:
    • Completed 2021 Cobb EMC Youth Leadership Program Application
    • Original essay on the following topic: Briefly discuss the seven cooperative principles. Which do you think is the most important and why? Essay requirements:
      • Legibly written in ink on 8.5x11" paper, or
      • Typed double-spaced
      • Word document or PDF sized to 8.5x11"
      • Times New Roman in font sized 12 pt
      • Should not exceed 700 words
      • See judging rubric
    • Essay must be accompanied by a cover letter including: student’s name, address, phone number, name of school, date
  • The Youth Leadership Application and Essay must be submitted in one of three ways:
    1. Mail:
      Cobb EMC
      Attn: Mark Justice
      1000 EMC Parkway
      Marietta, GA 30061
    2. Email: youthleadershipprogram@cobbemc.com
    3. Fax: 678-355-3124

Important Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.: Virtual Information Session – email youthleadershipprogram@cobbemc.com to register for the information session. The Virtual Information Session is not mandatory for students that want to enter the Cobb EMC Youth Leadership Program.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.: Virtual Information Session – email youthleadershipprogram@cobbemc.com to register for the information session. The Virtual Information Session is not mandatory for students that want to enter the Cobb EMC Youth Leadership Program.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020: Entry deadline
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.: Virtual Orientation Night
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.: Facility Night
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.: Community Night
  • Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.: Leadership Night
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.: Politics Night
  • Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.: Interview Night
  • Jne 17 – June 24, 2021: Georgia Youth Tour

All participants will receive a detailed schedule.

Directions

Cobb EMC is located on EMC Parkway, just north of Kennestone Hospital. For detailed directions, please call Mark Justice at 678-355-3124 or click here

  

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am the only student representing my school?

Congratulations! You will be your school's representative if you score at minimum a 15 on the essay.

What happens on interview night?

Participants of the Cobb EMC Youth Leadership Program will interview to win scholarship money and one of four spots on the Georgia Youth Tour. The Cobb EMC Women’s Task Force asks each finalist questions during a panel-style interview. Interview Night is mandatory. Finalists will be disqualified if they do not attend.

How good are my chances of winning?

The first level, entry and essay submission (October 20), is between you and other students in your school. The highest scoring essay from each school (score at minimum a 15 on the essay) will be invited to participate in approximately five Cobb EMC Youth Leadership Program evening programs.

What if I am unable to attend the Georgia Youth Tour?

You may forfeit your Georgia Youth Tour spot to the next student in line. You will still receive your scholarship money. First place receives a $1,500 scholarship. Second place receives a $1,000 scholarship. Third and fourth place students receive a $500 scholarship.

What is the intern selection process?

The top students will fill out an application and complete interviews. Mark Justice, director of education and community relations, will interview candidates. A physical and drug screen is required of the applicant who is selected and accepts the offer.

What does the internship consist of?

The paid summer intern will work in Cobb EMC's community relations department.

What is the Cobb EMC Women’s Task Force?

The Cobb EMC Women’s Task Force is a voluntary group of 50-60 women members of Cobb EMC.

  

For more information

Mark Justice
Cobb EMC, P.O. Box 369, Marietta, GA 30061
mark.justice@cobbemc.com
678-355-3124

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