Youth Leadership Congress
YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONGRESS
St. Croix Electric sponsors up to six high school students, annually
Youth Leadership Congress is an annual event hosted by the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA) (a division of Cooperative Network) and Wisconsin electric cooperatives. The event engages high school students in activities that emphasize team building, cooperative business knowledge, life skills and leadership skills. YLC is a great opportunity for students to learn more about cooperatives, while building strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Students are housed on the UW-River Falls campus for the three-day, two-night event, and past attendees have found it motivating, educational and - of course - fun! (Click here to view a video from the 2013 YLC, courtesy of Cooperative Network) At the end of each YLC, six students are voted onto the Youth Board, which plans and leads the following year's event, as well as attends the national Youth Tour to Washington D.C., each June.
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 2016-17 school year will be eligible to attend in July 2016. Contact Dana Bolwerk at 715-796-7000 or send her an email.
Past attendees of the event have said:
"(YLC) is not something I would normally do. I met a lot more people than I thought I would."
"The energy of the speakers was awesome. It was upbeat and kept all of us involved."
"It was really fun. There is so much to help you grow as a leader and a person.”
"You can meet people from all over Wisconsin and you learn about yourself."
"It was a great experience. I met some cool people."
Any SCEC-sponsored YLC attendee who is elected to the Youth Board will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C., as part of Wisconsin's Youth Tour delegation.
Some images from 2015: