High schoolers who attend our Zoom sessions in October will have a chance to win AirPods and a $1,000 college scholarship!

Guided by our cooperative commitment to the community, Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative has 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 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 in October. The Iowa Youth Leadership Academy is open to any high school student in our service area, and we invite them to register at IowaYouthTour.com by October 1.

"This new program is perfect for rural Iowa students who have a passion for public service, leadership, or government," remarked Hollee McCormick. "We want to raise students' awareness of how local electric co-ops power people's lives and empower communities. We also want to discuss exciting cooperative career paths available in smaller communities."

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

  • Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. – Cooperative Business Model
  • Thursday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. – Rural Iowa Advocacy
  • Thursday, October 26, 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 a $1,000 college scholarship. 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 with 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 about Iowa Youth Tour. Students with an interest in government and public service are encouraged to apply for this week-long trip to Washington, DC. The 2024 Youth Tour is slated for June 15-21 next summer.

Learn more at IowaYouthTour.com or contact Jennifer Achenbach at 888-788-1551 or jachenbach@acrec.coop

Iowa Youth Leadership Academy