Youth Leadership Congress

JULY 13-14, 2021 VIRTUALLY
8:00 A.M. – 12:00 p.m. BOTH DAYS

Youth Leadership Congress, YLC, is a by-teens, for-teens cooperative leadership conference that is planned and developed by the 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 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!


Student that attend YLC will learn how they 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.


  • See what makes the cooperative business model different and successful, then apply this knowledge to fun and challenging cooperative activities.
  • Identify and learn how to develop your own leadership skills.
  • Discuss cooperative careers with industry professionals.
  • Be entertained and challenged by highly acclaimed motivational speakers who understand teens and talk about topics that are relevant in your life.

Who should apply

  • High school students with family members who belong to a Wisconsin electric cooperative.
  • Students active in their school and community.


Registration is closed for YLC 2021.


These contests will be explained at YLC.

Podcast Contest
  • 1st Place: $250
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50
Scholarship Essay Contest
  • 1st Place: $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $500
  • 3rd Place: $250