Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Youth Leadership Council Application

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BEFORE YOU APPLY, confirm you meet the basic requirements:

1 – Must be in high school now (a graduating senior is eligible)

2 – Must be able to attend the YLC Conference in Nov. All expenses paid. *

3 – Must be able to attend the NRECA’s 2021 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Leaving on Feb. 20 and returning on Feb. 24. I will travel with the YLC representative. All expenses paid. *

*And, as much as I hate to say this, these are our plans assuming life gets back to normal and we can safely travel.

The Youth Leadership Council Conference (leadership training) will be held in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8-11, 2020. The purpose of the YLC conference is to build leadership and public speaking skills (you write and give a speech), and to enhance the delegates' knowledge of the energy industry and the cooperative form of business.

The National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, Feb. 20-24. Members of the YLC play an important role during NRECA's Annual Meeting. Not only are the YLC members recognized on stage, they have a hands-on experience with virtually every facet of the meeting including the resolutions process and helping our members communicate with their legislators. Shelly York will travel to and from San Diego with Iowa's YLC.


Parents / Guardians
Extra Curricular
PARENTS: Medical Treatment, Liability, and Publicity Release Form

I/We give my/our consent for him/her to participate in the Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

I/We understand that this participation involves travel within and outside Iowa, and that at times my/our son/daughter may be traveling and/or participating in activities without the direct supervision of a chaperone.

I/We authorize and direct NRECA, through their staffs and volunteer chaperones, to direct and supervise my/our son/daughter.  I/We further request and authorize, and NRECA, through their staffs and volunteer chaperones, to secure any medical or other emergency services the said staffs and volunteer chaperones in their reasonable discretion may deem necessary or desirable for my/our son/daughter during his/her participation in the Youth Leadership Conference.                                                                                                  

I/We hereby release and agree to hold harmless NRECA, their officers, members, staffs, and associated organizations together with their heirs, successors, or assigns from any and all causes of action, claims, damages, costs, expenses, compensation, personal injury, property loss, or any other loss or injury related to participation by my/our son/daughter during his/her participation in the Youth Leadership Conference.                                                                                        

I/we hereby grant permission to National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to use photographs, likenesses, and/or videotape images of my/our son/daughter for publicity purposes related to this activity.

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Every YLC applicant must submit a short video (recorded on your cell phone is fine – we are not looking at production value, but substance) that answers this question: “How does your local electric cooperatives demonstrate the Cooperative Principles your community?” You can send this video to me via Facebook, email: or any other way you can think of.  Or even text it to me at 515-321-4276. To help you out, here are the Seven Cooperative Principles:

  1. Voluntary, Open Ownership
    Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. You may shop, you may join, and you may leave the co-op at any time.
  2. Democratic Owner Control
    One Owner, one vote. Your voice will be heard.
  3. Owner Economic Participation
    Owners contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the Owners, reinvested in the co-op, or used to provide Owner services. You control the capital.
  4. Autonomy and Independence
    Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Owners. Together, you are autonomous. 
  5. Education, Training and Information
    Cooperatives provide education and training for Owners, so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation. You can develop yourself into the consumer you want to be. 
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
    Cooperatives serve their Owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. You are more successful when you cooperate with others who know how to cooperate. 
  7. Concern for The Community
    While focusing on Owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their Owners. You can do something for the community even as you keep succeeding. 

Interviews will be held Saturday evening, June 20, and the YLC representative will be announced Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Scoring criteria:

  • Activities and special honors: Involvement in school and community events         
  • Extra-curricular activities: Extent of involvement
  • Writing section: How well and completely were the questions answered?
  • Speaking skills: How well does the student communicate their ideas/answers?
  • Cooperative knowledge: How well does the student understand the cooperative business model and how cooperatives impact their local community? What are the cooperative principles?

If you have any questions at all, please contact Shelly York at

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