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Youth Leadership Program

Are you a high school junior looking to enhance your leadership skills? Or do you know someone that is? We encourage you to get involved with your local electric power association’s Youth Leadership Program! The program, now in it’s 31st year, offers young people the tools and knowledge that will enable them to sharpen their leadership skills in the classroom, community and family. Students must be in the 11th grade and are selected through various forms of competition conducted by the local electric cooperatives.

Youth Leadership Workshop

Students will attend a leadership workshop February 22-24, 2017 in Jackson. At this workshop, students will study the finer aspects of leadership, enjoy a first-hand look at our state government in action, sharpen their leadership skills, and hear presentations from government leaders, local business leaders and rural electric cooperative professionals.

Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

The Mississippi delegation will join more than 1,700 high school juniors from across the nation June 10-16, 2017 in Washington, D.C., for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. During the week, they will learn about cooperatives, rural electrification, the city and government. The seven-day schedule is full of sight-seeing, including all of the major monuments and memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, Mount Vernon and Arlington Cemetery, to name a few.


One student is selected at the workshop to represent the Mississippi delegation on a national level. The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) member receives a $1,000 scholarship upon fulfillment of duties. 

It's Free

All participants are sponsored by their local electric cooperative. This includes all costs - everything from travel, lodging and meals! Mississippi’s electric cooperatives are dedicated to our young people and we want to make a difference in their lives. 

For More Information

Please contact your local electric cooperative.

Quotes From Some 2016 Student Participants

“I have learned many lessons on this tour about other people and history, which all culminates to this one revelation: I am proud to be an American. Words cannot express the importance of this trip or the great impact it has had on me.”

“My experience at the 2016 Youth Tour was one I will never forget. The memories I have made and the friends I have met have changed me. I am so grateful for the opportunities given to me by my electric power association.”

“This was truly a once in a life-time opportunity. Going to Jackson and Washington pushed me to get out of my comfort zone by encouraging me to meet other individuals.”

“Youth Tour is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. The program puts kids our age in a position where we are allowed to experience first hand where true leadership can take you. It showed me that a boy from a small town can be a great leader and that being from a rural area is not something that holds you back, but something that pushes you forward.”

View photos from the 2016 Youth Tour in Washington D.C. on NRECA's website.