High school students: apply now for Iowa Youth Leadership Academy
We’re looking for high school students who are interested in public service and leadership
*Students 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 community, Prairie Energy 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 many years in conjunction with the national Electric Cooperative Youth Tour program.
Iowa’s electric cooperatives are pleased to offer a new opportunity for rural students to learn more about advocacy, electric cooperative career opportunities and the cooperative business model with a three-part webinar series in October. The Iowa Youth Leadership Academy is open to any high school student in our service area, and they are invited to register at www.IowaYouthTour.com.
“This new program is really designed for rural Iowa students who have a passion for public service, leadership or government,” remarked Tim Marienau, CEO of Prairie Energy Cooperative. “We want to raise students’ awareness of how local electric co-ops power people’s lives and empower communities. We also want to talk about cooperative career paths that are available in smaller communities.”
Once students register online for the Iowa Youth Leadership Academy, they can attend the webinars from their own computer or mobile device. Each Zoom session will last around 45-60 minutes and focus on a specific topic:
- Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m. – Cooperative Business Model
- Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m. – Rural Iowa Advocacy
- Tuesday, Oct. 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.
During the Zoom sessions, students will be inspired by our line-up of speakers and presenters. Students will learn how to advocate for issues that are important to them and learn about leadership development from a motivational speaker. Attendees will also hear from former Iowa Youth Tour students who pursued their passion for government service and leadership after attending the week ong trip to Washington, D.C. The 2022 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is slated for June 18-24 next summer.