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Youth Leadership Council

In 1976, the Board of Directors of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) partnered with local electric cooperatives and electric cooperative statewide associations to create the Youth Leadership Council (YLC). One high school student per state is selected each year to serve on the Council.

The YLC program aims to develop strong leadership, presentation and advocacy skills in America’s most promising young leaders. NRECA coordinates a series of educational workshops for the YLC, which covers topics like the cooperative business model, grassroots advocacy, community service and careers in public service.

Some of the highlights of being selected to represent North Carolina include:

  • Attending the Youth Leadership Council Conference during the summer following the Youth Tour.
  • Representing North Carolina at the NRECA Annual Meeting, usually held in spring. The YLC representative takes part in the 14,000-delegate meeting by assisting with the information booth, pressroom, backstage trade show booths, committee rooms and meetings, copy room and ushering.
  • Participating in the North Carolina Statewide Annual Meeting in Raleigh.

Selection is based on an application, public speaking ability and interaction with fellow youth tourists and advisors.

As an added incentive, the North Carolina YLC representative receives a $2,000 college scholarship.

For further information, please contact Jane Forehand at 1-800-662-8835, extension 3067 or jane.forehand@ncemcs.com.



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