The annual WECA Youth Leadership Congress (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 the WECA 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 UW–River Falls’ dining service. (Hint: Do NOT miss the ice cream!)
  • 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.
  Register by June 15, 2021

Registration Information Program Information

Angela Whitaker
UWRF Continuing Education
(715) 425-3261
Fax (715) 425-0624

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

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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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