"Leaders are not born, they are made." Vince Lombardi

July 16-18, 2024

Information Handout

The annual WECA Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) is a dynamic three-day event sponsored by Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives and facilitated by WECA. It is a unique opportunity for youth across Wisconsin to develop their leadership skills while learning the purpose, operation, and scope of cooperative businesses.

What will you do at YLC?
  • See what makes the cooperative business model different and successful and apply this knowledge to fun and challenging cooperative activities.
  • Work together with other youth leaders from around Wisconsin to demonstrate the power and value of cooperation.
  • Identify and develop your own leadership skills.
  • Learn some of the important history that has shaped today’s cooperatives.
  • Discuss cooperative careers with professionals in the industry.
  • Be entertained and challenged by highly acclaimed motivational speakers who understand teens and explore topics important and relevant in your life.
  • Experience college life at a University of Wisconsin campus.

A few things that make this conference different:
This is a by-teens, for-teens cooperative leadership conference. It is planned and developed by a youth board elected at the previous year’s event.
  • Attendees don’t pay. They are sponsored by their local electric cooperatives.
  • Students spend three days on a college campus and experience a typical college environment, complete with living in the residence halls, attending sessions throughout campus, and even experiencing a university dining service.
  • Finally, attendees elected to the youth board will not only plan the next conference their way; they also have the opportunity to attend the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., the following June.

  • High school students with family members who belong to a Wisconsin electric cooperative.
  • Students active in their school and community.

  • Contact your local participating electric cooperative to request sponsorship and registration forms to attend the Youth Leadership Conference.
  • Complete the co-op required form(s) and return them to your sponsoring co-op no later than Friday, June 14, 2024.

Scholarship Essay Contest
  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $250
Register by June 14, 2024

Registration and Program Information

Tina Walden
Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
(608) 467-4599

Associate Membership

Associate membership in the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association provides a continuing opportunity for providers of goods, services, materials, and equipment to build and maintain networking contacts with Wisconsin's electric co-ops and others with interests and needs related to all aspects of the electric power industry.

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