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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 cooperative’s Youth Leadership Program! The program, now in it’s 33rd 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 Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2019 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 1,800 high school juniors from across the nation June 15-21, 2019, 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 sightseeing, including all of the major monuments and memorials, the Smithsonian Museums, the Newseum 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. The selected member also has the opportunity to compete with 42 states to become the national YLC spokesperson.

Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi is proud to announce that among the 2018 group of national YLC members, Mississippi’s representative Wallace Bass was selected as the spokesperson for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Wallace was sponsored by Central Electric Power Association in Carthage. This year he is a senior at Leake County High School.

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 2018 Student Participants

“Youth Tour has been an unparalleled experience that has allowed us to travel and experience our nation’s capital, and to explore our nation’s leadership first hand.”

“I am forever blessed to come through this program. Meeting new people that will forever have an impact on my life had to be my favorite part. I was blessed with the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital. This experience makes me proud to be an American.”

“I formed so many bonds and met so many amazing leaders that I wouldn’t have met without this program. I am forever thankful for my new best friends, advisors, my cooperative and this Youth Tour.”

“True leaders keep an open mind. Come ready to experience new things. Make memories, have fun and cherish every moment.”

View photos from the 2018 Youth Tour in Washington D.C.