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Youth Leadership Congress


July 24-26, 2019 | UW-River Falls

St. Croix Electric sponsors up to six high school students, annually

St. Croix Electric Cooperative sponsored three students at the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association’s (WECA) Youth Leadership Congress (YLC), held this year July 24-26 at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Lauren Thompson of Woodville, Heidi Marg of Hudson (River Falls High School) and Kenzie Lokker of Baldwin, joined nearly 100 other teens sponsored by 14 cooperatives from across the state at the dynamic three-day event sponsored by Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives and facilitated by WECA, the statewide trade association for electric cooperatives. It is a unique opportunity for youth across Wisconsin to develop their leadership skills while learning the purpose, operation, and scope of cooperative businesses. 

Along with learning what makes the cooperative business model different and successful and applying the knowledge to fun and challenging cooperative activities, students spent three days on a college campus experiencing a typical college environment, complete with living in the residence halls, attending sessions throughout campus, and even experiencing UW–River Falls’ dining service.

SCEC sponsors up to six students each year to YLC on a first-submit, first-to-go basis. Dependents of St. Croix Electric Cooperative members who will be a sophomore, junior or senior for the 2020-21 school year will be eligible to attend the next YLC to be held July 26-28, 2020.

To be notified when the application period opens, please send students’ names and contact information to Communications & Events Coordinator Michele DeLong at

Lauren Thompson (front left), a Baldwin-Woodville junior sponsored by St. Croix Electric Cooperative, was elected by her peers to serve on the 2019-20 Youth Leadership Board. 

The six-member WECA Youth Board helps plan the following year's Leadership Congress, have the opportunity to attend the NRECA Youth Tour and visit the WECA offices and State Capitol legislative offices. 

Each year, WECA Member cooperatives sponsor young people for participation in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. In June 2018, 14 high school students and recent graduates representing 10 Wisconsin electric cooperatives joined nearly 1,700 others from across the nation for the annual event. Wisconsin’s Federated Youth Foundation, a co-op sponsored, independent charitable organization, provides significant financial support for Youth Tour participation through the proceeds from investments financed by unclaimed co-op patronage credits.

Every electric co-op has the opportunity to sponsor students for this educational tour of national monuments and visits with elected officials at their Capitol offices.


































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