Co-op Youth Tour Starts at Colorado Capitol in Denver

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs House Bill 1306 as Sen. Kerry Donovan and Reps. Tony Exum and K.C. Becker and the Youth Tour students watch. Photo by Lonnie Tucker.

About 30 high school students from throughout rural Colorado enjoyed a week learning about leadership, government and electric co-ops during the annual electric co-op Washington, D.C., Youth Tour.

The week opened with students gathering in Denver to learn about how electricity is generated and distributed and how to be safe around it. There was also an overview of Colorado government presented by Rep. Faith Winter (D-Dist. 35) and a tour of the Colorado Capitol where students heard from the Blue Star Mothers of America, who have sons or daughters in active service in the military. That was followed by a bill signing in the governor’s office.

At the invitation of Sen. Kerry Donovan (D-Dist. 5), students were on hand as Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed House Bill 1306, which provides for safe water in public schools. Also welcoming the students to the signing were Rep. Tony Exum (D-Dist. 17) and Rep. K.C. Becker (D-Dist.13).

Then it was off to Washington, D.C., where the students visited memorials, participated in leadership training with more than 1,800 students from co-ops across the country and met with members of Colorado’s congressional delegation.