Youth and Leadership Development Programs

An important part of our commitment to our communities, Blue Ridge Electric is proud to offer several opportunities for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors within Northwest North Carolina.

Introducing the Blue Ridge Electric Leadership Track

The new Blue Ridge Electric Leadership Track is designed to engage high school sophomores to focus on their leadership development skills and be more prepared for college. The Blue Ridge Electric Leadership Track is a self-paced, point-based program that allows students each year to earn points to attend various leadership camps and other leadership opportunities. These opportunities include an all fees paid participation in the NC Co-op Camp and the Broyhill Leadership Conference. Additionally, Leadership Track students will also be eligible to compete for the Washington Youth Tour, and as seniors, will have an opportunity to serve as Blue Ridge Electric Ambassadors.

To apply for the Blue Ridge Electric Leadership Track, click here.

Click here for a PDF of the Blue Ridge Electric Leadership Track brochure.

*Take a moment to check out these leadership opportunities by visiting the websites below.

The Washington Youth Tour
Each June, Blue Ridge Electric sends up to four students to Washington, DC for an all-expense paid, week-long trip called Washington Youth Tour. Blue Ridge students will travel with other North Carolina students and meet Youth Tour participants from all over the United States. In Washington, students visit historic sights they have studied in school, learn about rural electrification, see their government in action, meet North Carolina elected officials, and have an opportunity to compete for three college scholarships worth up to $7,000, and more national trips. Several Blue Ridge Electric sponsored students have won $2,000 college scholarships during the Youth Tour.

Applications for the 2016 Washington Youth Tour are due January 1, and you may click here to download an application. or you or e-mail Grey Scheer, director of community relations, if you have any questions. The selection process for the Washington Youth Tour involves a public speaking competition.

Blue Ridge Electric is seeking students who will represent Blue Ridge Electric well. Students interested in public speaking or leading change have benefited the most from the Youth Tour experience. In addition to being a lot of fun, the Washington Youth Tour is an excellent leadership opportunity for any young man or women.

Announcing the 2015 Washington Youth Tour Winners:

  • Isaac Tuttle — Caldwell County
  • Kathryn Bard — Ashe County
  • Kacey Caudill — Alleghany County
  • Shelby Reagan — Watauga County

Broyhill Leadership Conference

Rising juniors can also apply for one of twenty scholarships to attend the Broyhill Leadership Conference held each summer. Blue Ridge Electric now uses an application process designed to identify emerging leaders. Students interested in the Broyhill Leadership Conference should send a letter to Grey Scheer, director of community relations, Blue Ridge Electric, PO Box 112, Lenoir, NC 28645, requesting an application and explaining why they would like to participate in this leadership conference. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2016. The dates for this year’s conferences are June 19-23 at Wingate University and July 6-10 at Queens University of Charlotte. The Broyhill Leadership Conference is a great opportunity for high school juniors to begin to develop their college resume. Selected juniors will also be eligible to apply for future leadership development opportunities and scholarships offered by Blue Ridge Electric.

For more information about the Washington Youth Tour or the Broyhill Leadership Conference and how to apply, please contact Grey Scheer at

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