UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
A message from the WECA Board: YLC 2020 has been canceled due to the continuing need to avoid large gatherings in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This will be the first summer the gathering will not be held since the program was first launched in 1964. Our number-one priority is the health and safety of our students, our electric cooperatives, and their members. We will be back in 2021, and stronger and better than ever!
Since 1963, high school students from throughout Wisconsin have gathered in July at UW-River Falls to participate in three days of activities focused on developing leadership potential and understanding cooperative business principles.
In preparation as the upcoming generation of co-op leaders, students organize and operate a functioning cooperative during the event. Participating students elect a six-member WECA Youth Board who will help plan the following year's Leadership Congress. Elected Youth Board members will have the opportunity to attend the NRECA Youth Tour, and visit the WECA offices and state capitol legislative offices. Participant fees are covered by the sponsoring electric cooperatives.
Another feature of the Youth Congress is the annual WECA Essay Contest with scholarship awards of $1000, $500, and $250, redeemable at any accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S.
To participate in Youth Leadership Congress, contact your local WECA member electric cooperative.
View this short video to find out more about Youth Leadership Congress.