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Established in 1988, the mission of ETREYS (East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar) is to foster positive ideas and values among young people and to enhance skills in leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.

Each year, RCEC offers an all-expenses-paid trip to 12 sophomores and juniors who are attending a high school in the RCEC service area. Participants are selected on the basis of overall excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities including leadership positions, academic awards, etc.

While at ETREYS students can expect to participate in workshops, seminars and peer group activities that range from leadership development to pure entertainment. Nationally-known personalities, college professors and community leaders speak at the event. Additionally, each student has a chance to compete for thousands in college scholarship funds and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. the following summer.

RCEC is committed to its community and sending students to ETREYS is just another way to further that commitment.

  • Enhance leadership and problem-solving skills: Self Esteem/Perserverance/Positive Decision Making/Conflict Resolution/Goal Setting
  • Workshops, seminars and peer group activities
  • Approximately 125 students from 9 East Texas Electric Cooperatives:

Bowie Cass (Douglassville); Cherokee County (Rusk); Deep East (San Augustine); Houston County (Crockett); Jasper Newton (Kirbyville); Panola Harrison (Marshall); Rusk County (Henderson); Upshur Rural (Gilmer); Wood County (Quitman)


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