July 13–14, 2021

WECA’s 2021 Youth Leadership Council (YLC) will be virtual as the state continues its recovery from the pandemic. The two-day event is set for Tuesday, July 13 and Wednesday July 14 from 8:00 am until noon both days. Participating students will receive a welcome package with a t-shirt and other YLC preparation materials prior to the event.

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, then apply this knowledge to fun and challenging cooperative activities.
  • Identify and learn how to develop your own leadership skills.
  • Discuss cooperative careers with industry professionals.
  • Be entertained and challenged by highly acclaimed motivational speakers who understand teens and talk about topics that are relevant in your life.
This is a by-teens, for-teens cooperative leadership conference that is planned and developed by a youth board elected at the previous year’s event.

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.

  • Sign up at:
  • Register by June 1, 2021*
  • There is a limit of 200 students based on a first-come, first-registered basis. Register soon to secure your spot!

Podcast Contest
  • 1st Place: $250
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50
Scholarship Essay Contest
  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $250


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

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