Youth Programs

Washington, DC Youth Tour

Sophomores and Juniors: See our nation’s Capitol City – all expenses paid!  

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For many years now Todd-Wadena has conducted a contest during the month of February to select one local high school student to win a 5-day, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 10-15. The winner travels with about 40 other Minnesota teens, joining about 1,500 others during the National Youth Tour in the Capitol City. Participants see the national monuments and Arlington Cemetery, visit legislators at the Capitol, and more.

The contest is open to sophomores and juniors from the 9 local school districts. (Students are not required to be a son or daughter of a member to participate.) Students must submit a one page, type-written essay explaining why they wish to visit our nation’s Capitol. Essays must be received by February 28, 2017. Essays are ranked by the quality of the writing and reasoning. Students with highest ranking essays are selected for the second part of the contest – the interviews. Independent judges determine the winner, basing their decisions on written and verbal responses during the brief interviews, which will be held in March.

The 2016 Youth Tour contest winner was Ashley Smith from Staples-Motley High School. For more information about the youth leadership contest, contact the cooperative office, or click the following link:  2017 Youth Tour Information.

 

Scholarships

Unclaimed capital credits are used to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The total amount of available funds is divided equally among the nine schools in the co-op’s service area, and Todd-Wadena then rounds up each share to the next $50 increment. In recent years, each school has received an average of $550. Schools choose their own recipients for their allocations – many use the Dollars for Scholars selection process. To apply for the Todd-Wadena scholarships, students should speak with their school counselors.

4-H Sponsorships

2015 Tshirt DesignFor the past ten years or so, Todd-Wadena has held a T-shirt design contest for local
4-H’ers. Kids submit their designs and the winning entry adorns the T-shirts that the cooperative provides to each 4-H participant in Todd and Wadena Counties during their county fairs.

In 2015 we are taking a year off from the contest. We commissioned 4-H artists Crystal & Rachel Halbersma to create a special design that honors 4-H as well as Todd-Wadena’s 75th anniversary. 4-H’ers willl be Todd-Wadena ambassadors at local parades this summer. They’ll wear the T-shirts, hold a banner ahead of a bucket truck and have fun handing out candy.

Todd-Wadena also sponsors 4-H Project Awards each fall.

 

Educational Programs

Safety Presentations. Todd-Wadena demonstrates safe work habits around electric lines using a table top model, complete with miniature vehicles, buildings, equipment and live electric lines. Trained cooperative personnel are available to give this safety program at no cost to youth and adult groups in the area.

School & Community Group Programs.  Todd-Wadena’s staff is available to give free, customized presentations to local groups on the following topics: electrical safety, energy resources, energy conservation, energy efficiency and cooperative business practice. Call us at 631-3120 or 800-321-8932 to schedule a presentation.