Youth Programs

Building the next generation for our communities! Our youth are the future of the communities we serve. CEMC does it's best to partner with or support our schools when opportunities arise within the cooperative business guidelines. After all, like you, we want to see all students succeed, making a brighter future for them and the communities where they live. From scholarships and youth leaderships programs to expense paid trips to our nation’s capital, CEMC knows the importance of student success and supports them, and our schools, every step of the way!


Washington Youth Tour

More than 6,000 high school juniors from across Tennessee have participated in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour since it started in the 1960s. Visit http://www.tnelectric.org/youthtour/ for resources and rules to help you write the best short story. This website will also tell you a little bit more about electric cooperatives and the reasons they have provided this opportunity to students for more than 50 years! Additionally, you may want to download the Washington Youth Tour Resource Book.


CEMC Senior Scholarship Program

Twelve graduating high school seniors (from CEMC five county service area) will be awarded $1000 academic scholarships. Each scholarship is to be used toward tuition, text books, 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. Scholarship awards are payable directly to the institution upon proof of enrollment. Application | Download | Participation Requirements

Students explore world of energy at 4-H camp

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation sent a group of 70 rising seventh- and eighth-grade students to attend 4-H Electric Camp June 24-27 on the University of Tennessee Knoxville campus. CEMC’s campers joined hundreds of other students from across the state in discovering the world of electricity by participating in various camp learning centers that provided “hands-on” activities where 4-H’ers were able to “learn by doing.” Here are features of this year’s learning centers:

Electric Lamp
– In this learning center, students made electric lamps using a lamp kit and electric insulators.

Home Energy Conservation
– We use electricity to light our home, cook our food, play music, and operate televisions. But as we use more electricity, our electric bills rise. In this activity, students learned how conserving electricity in their homes not only helps to lower their electric bills but also helps to protect our environment and conserve resources.

Electric Motors
– Motors convert electricity into useful work. Campers learned in this activity the different parts of an electric motor and how electromagnetism makes a motor turn. They also put to use what they learned by constructing their own electric motors.

Electric Vehicles
– Campers learned about batteries as well as direct current and how it is used to propel electric vehicles. They also demonstrated their driving skills by maneuvering an electric golf cart through an obstacle course.

Solar Energy
– Renewable energy resources reduce the use of fossil fuels to avoid negative impacts on our environment.  In this activity, students learned how they can use the sun to power things they use every day. 

Electrical Safety
– Though electric power does a tremendous amount of work for us, because it is such a powerful force, we must be careful around it. This learning center taught campers how to play it safe around high-voltage power lines.

The 4-H Electric Camp is a joint venture of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide member cooperatives, including CEMC; University of Tennessee Extension; Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association and its statewide municipal power systems; and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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