Washington Youth Tour 2023

Washington Youth Tour

Each year, 12 high school juniors from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s five county service area have an incredible chance to spend a week in our nation’s capital, getting a front-row view of government, leadership, and public policy. The Washington Youth Tour, sponsored by CEMC and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., and learn about government.

Senior Scholarships

Twelve graduating high school seniors from CEMC’s five county service are awarded $1,000 dollars in academic scholarships each year. Each scholarship is to be used toward tuition, textbooks, and/or required class materials after the winner has enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited Tennessee college, university, or trade school of his/her choice.

Employees helping to repair a playground

Co-op Day of Service

The Tennessee Electric Co-op Day of Service is an annual opportunity for employees to use their time, skills and expertise to have a positive impact on the communities they serve. CEMC employees have participated in various Day of Service projects including painting playground equipment at a local school, holding food and donation drives for local schools and communities, participating in a “Pink Out” in support of the American Cancer Society, and volunteering at multiple Second Harvest mobile food banks throughout the CEMC service area.

Other Programs

Children learning at a camp workshop

Students explore world of energy at 4-H camp

Each year CEMC helps send a group of rising sixth and seventh grade students to attend 4-H Electric Camp at the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus. CEMC’s campers join hundreds of other students from across the state in discovering the world of electricity by participating in various camp learning centers that provide “hands-on” activities where 4-H’ers are able to “learn by doing.”

Art contest painting of trees and flowers

CEMC Student Art Contest

Local students submit their best entries and winners will receive cash prizes and have their artwork published in CEMC’s calendar, which is displayed in homes, schools and businesses throughout our service area. Calendars are free and available at each of CEMC’s offices beginning in November of each year.

Children in a classroom sitting in front of collected food for donation

Food Drives

Students in participating elementary schools have contests to see which class in each grade level can collect the most food. CEMC awards the students with a popcorn and movie party before delivering the food to local help agencies.


Employees team up to raise money and awareness for groups such as the Alzheimer’s Foundation, American Cancer Society, United Way of the Greater Clarksville Region and Clarksville Association for Downs Syndrome.

Students in a classroom listening to a book being read aloud

Read Across America

Each Spring CEMC employees participate in Read Across America, a reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.

Youth Leadership Summit 2022

TECA’s annual Youth Leadership Summit

High School juniors are chosen by school guidance counselors and sponsored by Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation. Delegates to the annual event receive a hands-on look at state government, learn networking and leadership skills and develop a better understanding of their local electric cooperatives. While in Nashville, the students visit the State Capitol Building where they are welcomed by members of the Tennessee General Assembly. Summit attendees also hold a mock session in the Senate chambers, debating and voting on a bill they developed.

Group of employees pose next to Christmas tree with decorations

Trees of Giving

During the month of December, hundreds of coats, gloves, scarves, hats and other winter clothing items are collected and used to “decorate” Christmas trees in each of Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s lobbies. The donations, which also include non-perishable food items, are given to local community assistance agencies in each district for distribution before Christmas.

Safety Demonstrations

During the year CEMC offers safety demonstrations for students, civic organization groups and first responders.

Request a Safety Demonstration Form

CEMC focuses on community and education.

Serving and being involved in the community is very important to us.

CEMC also proudly supports our schools in STEM focused programs and provides electric safety demonstrations and career days. Please contact our office if your school or organization is interested in a safety presentation.

Susie Yonkers
Community Relations Coordinator