Greenwell Springs, Louisiana – DEMCO announced their selection of seven students to participate in its
Youth Cooperative Ambassador Program (YCAP), class of 2022. YCAP is an all-expense-paid leadership and
educational program for 9th and 10th grade DEMCO member-students.
“We received many outstanding applications from students in our seven-parish service area, and the selection
was very competitive,” says Chanon Martin, DEMCO community relations specialist.
The seven YCAP student ambassadors chosen are: Aaron Kelly, Central High School; Abrielle Steele, Live Oak
High; Brennan Michelli, Central High School; DeVone Holiday, Jr., St. Helena College and Career Academy;
London Sanford, Northeast High School; Shawn Comminey, II, Dutchtown High School; and Yu’Tori Jones,
Zachary High School.
“Workshops, seminars, peer group activities, and a community service project help enhance leadership,
problem-solving skills, and interpersonal relationships,” says Martin.
DEMCO student ambassadors will learn about rural electrification, cooperatives, cooperative governance, and
the seven cooperative business principles. The program will conclude with the group of students working
together on a community service project.
“This new program for 9th and 10th grade DEMCO member-students is one more way that DEMCO invests in
the youth of our community,” says David Latona, DEMCO vice president of marketing and member services.
DEMCO also offers an annual essay contest for 11th grade students and a scholarship program for 12th grade
“A cooperative does more than provide electricity – we truly power the communities we serve – and the
ambassadors will learn that through their participation in his program,” says Latona.
DEMCO powers 113,500+ meters that serve over half a million people in a seven-parish service area of Southeast Louisiana:
Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, and West Feliciana.