Youth Leadership Congress

July 14-16, 2020 @ UW-River Falls

Youth Leadership Congress, YLC, 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. Attending YLC will give you real-world skills that you can use in everyday life. You will learn about co-ops, leadership, interviewing skills, listen to great motivational speakers, and meet new people. Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative sponsors students to attend FOR FREE and provide the transportation from the cooperative to River Falls and back. And don’t forget, it’s a great resume builder and looks fantastic on your college application. Check out the video at the bottom of this page for an overview of YLC 2018!


Once you arrive at YLC, you will be informed on how you can run to be on the Youth Board. Six students get elected to youth board every year. Students must get elected by fellow YLC attendees. On the last day of YLC, it is announced who will be on youth board for the following year’s event. These students get to plan and conduct the following year’s event and get to go on a FREE trip to Washington D.C. for Youth Tour the following year.

Even if you aren’t elected to Youth Board, students who attend YLC still have the opportunity to go on Youth Tour by completing an essay after YLC and submitting to the cooperative.


  • Make new friends
  • Experience dorm life
  • Explore a college campus
  • Try all the awesome food at the cafeteria
  • Hang out with your new friends at a dance with a great DJ
  • Listen to amazing motivational speakers
  • Attend a formal dinner
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Learn professional interviewing skills


To attend YLC, students must be a:

  • Sophomore or junior in high school (2019 – 2020 school year)
  • Attend a school within our service area
  • First-time YLC attendee


Applications for our trip in 2020 will be available May 1, 2020.