Greenwell Springs, Louisiana – DEMCO announced today the Youth Cooperative Ambassador Program (YCAP), a new
community initiative for DEMCO 9th and 10th grade member-students.
Designed to educate and promote understanding of the cooperative business model, principles, and practices, YCAP is
an all-expense-paid leadership and educational opportunity organized and sponsored by DEMCO, a not-for-profit
electric distribution cooperative.
“Enrichment programs and scholarships target the next generation of co-op leaders,” says Randy Pierce, CEO and
general manager. “We know that when we invest in youth, we invest in our future.”
Other annual DEMCO-sponsored community programs include the Youth Tour essay contest for 11th grade member-
students, and scholarship opportunities for high school seniors.
YCAP aims to foster positive ideas and values among youth about cooperatives, cooperative governance, and the seven
cooperative business principles.
“While program objectives are to educate and promote the cooperative way of doing business among youth, it will also
provide a fun learning experience for students to enhance leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationship
skills,” says Chanon Martin, Community Relations Specialist.
Students will be selected to participate from the seven parishes served by DEMCO: Ascension, East Baton Rouge,
East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and West Feliciana. Program participation requires ambassadors to
participate in a total of six meetings, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the DEMCO Headquarters Office located at 16262 Wax
Road, Greenwell Springs, LA 70739 in addition to one off-campus service project activity.
Ambassadors will have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Cooperative Enterprise Teen Leadership Conference
held at Grant Walker Education Center in Pollock, Louisiana scheduled for March, 2022.
For more information or to apply by November 19, visit www.DEMCO.org/community.