Last month, sixteen high schoolers signed on to a Zoom session to kick off the fourth year of P.O.W.E.R: Peer Outreach With Energy Resources. Some students knew each other already, perhaps from shared classes or previous P.O.W.E.R seasons or simply name recognition. But most of them were meeting each other for the first time. This year, P.O.W.E.R’s interns come from eight different high schools—Bethesda Chevy-Chase, Gaithersburg, Northwest, Northwood, Poolesville, Richard Montgomery, Walter Johnson, and Walt Whitman.
The P.O.W.E.R internship equips MCPS high school students to educate their community on energy savings. After six months of training on Zoom, our team will tour Montgomery County library by library this summer to deliver Energy Express presentations in person for the first time since its pilot year. Energy Express, targeted towards elementary school students, will tie energy savings into MCPL’s summer reading theme “Oceans of Possibility” to get our youngest hands on energy action.
Unlike any other year of P.O.W.E.R, the 2021-22 interns began training in the fall. Between now and Energy Express, interns will be absorbing energy statistics, exercising their public speaking skills, and exploring energy usage across Montgomery County. Perhaps you’ll see our team in the coming months, tabling at climate summits or conducting light audits on local businesses or podcasting about our program. We are absolutely electrified to see where our interns take us this year!
Written by Caroline Dinh, 2021 Program Coordinator for P.O.W.E.R.