Dunn Energy is proud to be a part of this community; we also feel it is vital to educate our members about the electric business. We also believe our future lies in the hands of the younger generation. It is with this thought that we help host and participate in many youth-based educational events.

Youth Leadership Congress

The annual WECA Youth Leadership Congress (YLC) is a dynamic three-day event sponsored by Wisconsin’s electric cooperatives and facilitated by WECA. It is a unique opportunity for youth across Wisconsin to develop their leadership skills while learning the purpose, operation, and scope of cooperative businesses.

What will you do at the WECA YLC?

  • See what makes the cooperative business model different and successful and apply this knowledge to fun and challenging cooperative activities

  • Work together with other youth leaders from around Wisconsin to demonstrate the power and value of cooperation

  • Identify and develop your own leadership skills

  • Learn some of the important history that has shaped today’s cooperatives

  • Discuss cooperative careers with professionals in the industry

  • Be entertained and challenged by highly acclaimed motivational speakers who understand teens and explore topics important and relevant in your life

  • Experience college life at a University of Wisconsin campus

A few things that make this conference different:

This is a by-teens, for-teens cooperative leadership conference. It is planned and developed by a youth board elected at the previous year’s event.

  • Attendees don’t pay. They are sponsored by their local electric cooperatives

  • Students spend three days on a college campus and experience a typical college environment, complete with living in the residence halls, attending sessions throughout campus, and even experiencing UW–Stout's dining service.

  • Finally, attendees elected to the youth board will not only plan the next conference their way; they also have the opportunity to attend the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Youth Tour in Washington, D.C., the following June

Who should attend?

You should attend if you are a high school student and will be a junior or senior during the upcoming school year and are available typically the third week of July. Applicants must be students living in a Dunn Energy Cooperative member household.

Application Deadline: Typically the middle of June. Watch for dates in the Energy News magazine!

Contact Jolene at the Dunn Energy Cooperative office at 715-232-6240 or by email at jolene@dunnenergy.com for an application. Dunn Energy Cooperative will pay for the entry fees and transportation costs. The entry fee includes meals and boarding in the UW-Stout dormitories.

2022 Event Flyer

Teens participating in a team building exercise

Teens participating in a team building exercise

Teens participating in a team building exercise