Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives




Guided by our cooperative commitment to community, we're excited to launch a new online program for rural high school students in October of 2021. The Iowa Youth Leadership Academy is geared towards high school student with a passion for leadership. Our program will open their eyes to how cooperatives impact our daily lives and the opportunities available through cooperative careers and Youth Tour (see below). They’ll learn how to advocate for issues important to them and hear from dynamic speakers.
Three Zoom sessions (45 minutes – 1 hour each):
  • Oct 5 at 7:00 p.m. > The Cooperative Business Model and Why It Matters
  • Oct 14 at 7:00 p.m. > Rural Iowa Advocacy
  • Oct 26 at 7:00 p.m. > Civic Involvement/Leadership

Participating students can look forward to cool swag and a chance to win awesome prizes. We'll give away a pair of Apple AirPods at the end of each session!

Students who attend all three sessions will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 college scholarship.


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Iowa's locally owned electric cooperatives have been sending high school students to Washington D.C. every June since 1958! On the weeklong tour, students learn about electric cooperatives, American history and U.S. government and walk away with a greater understanding of their role as an American citizen. They participate in National Youth Day, visit with their elected legislators, and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. In Iowa, students apply for slots from their local electric cooperative. High school students with a passion for government and public service are encouraged to apply.

Approximately 40 high school students are chosen by local electric cooperatives from across the state of Iowa every year. Each cooperative sets its own selection criteria, so find your local electric co-op from the list below for more details. The Iowa students join with more than 1,800 students from co-ops around the country for the national Youth Tour in Washington D.C. in June.

Students are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative through the overall strength of the applicant. If you want to take advantage of this incredible leadership opportunity, contact your local rural electric cooperative or high school career center for additional information. 

Next Iowa Youth Tour: June 18-24, 2022 (with orientation the evening of June 18 in Des Moines)

Why do electric cooperatives send students to Washington, D.C., each year?
Giving back to the community and investing in the next generation of leaders is part of every electric cooperative’s mission. Learn more about the cooperative difference.
Some of the things students will do and see on Youth Tour:
  • Washington Monument

  • World War II Memorial

  • Albert Einstein Memorial

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

  • The National Mall

  • Boat cruise on the Potomac River

  • Holocaust Memorial

  • Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

  • Ford’s Theater

  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

  • Lincoln Memorial

  • Washington National Cathedral

  • Mount Vernon

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parade

  •  White House

  • U.S. Capitol tour





Iowa electric cooperatives accepting Youth Tour applications:


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