Youth Leadership Congress
YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONGRESS
July 25-27, 2018 | UW-River Falls
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) 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 2018-19 school year will be eligible to attend in July 2018 (dates TBD). Contact Dana Bolwerk at 715-796-7000 or send her an email.
Below are a few reviews from our 2017 attendees:
"It's such an awesome opportunity. It puts you out of your comfort zone in a good way."
"Definitely do it. It's a lot of fun and definitely go for the Youth Board. Even if, at first, you're not sure, still apply. You always want to give it your best shot."
"The speakers were interesting and eye-opening. What you learn here, you'll apply to the rest of your life."
"Make the most of it. We learned about different personality traits and will be able to utilize that information in the future to make connections with people."
"It was an amazing opportunity to develop leadership and motivational skills. We were in a group of leaders and forced to communicate and blend in."
"I had a lot of fun meeting new people. I met people who go to my school that I haven't talked to before."
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.
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