Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Rural Iowa high school students encouraged to register for second annual Iowa Youth Leadership Academy

September 6, 2022

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Guided by our cooperative commitment to community, Iowa's electric cooperatives have a long history of supporting students in the communities we serve through scholarships and leadership opportunities. We’ve also been sending deserving high school students to our nation’s capital every summer for years as part of the national Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program.

Iowa’s electric cooperatives are pleased to once again offer a virtual opportunity for rural students to learn more about advocacy, electric cooperative career opportunities and the cooperative business model with a three-part webinar series in October. The Iowa Youth Leadership Academy is open to any high school student in our service area and they are invited to register at by October 1.

“This new program is perfect for rural Iowa students who have a passion for public service, leadership or government,” remarked Shelly York, Iowa Youth Tour coordinator. “We want to raise students’ awareness of how local electric co-ops power people’s lives and empower communities. We also want to talk about exciting cooperative career paths that are available in smaller communities.”

Once students register online for the Iowa Youth Leadership Academy, they can attend the webinars from their own computer or mobile device. Each Zoom session will last around 45-60 minutes and focus on a specific topic:

  • Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m. – Cooperative Business Model
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:00 p.m.  – Rural Iowa Advocacy
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. – Civic Involvement and Leadership

At the end of each live session, one lucky attendee will be selected at random to win a pair of Apple AirPods. Students who attend all three sessions will be entered into a random drawing for two $1,000 college scholarships. All students who register online by October 1 will receive a special box of co-op goodies in the mail.

During the Zoom sessions, students will be inspired by our lineup of speakers and presenters. Participants will learn how to advocate for issues that are important to them and build leadership skills from a motivational speaker. Attendees will also hear from former Iowa Youth Tour students who pursued their passion for government service and leadership after attending the weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. The 2023 Youth Tour is slated for June 17-23 next summer.

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For more information, contact:

Erin Campbell
IAEC Director of Communications

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