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Investing in Youth

Youth Conferences

As part of our commitment to the community, Barron Electric Cooperative sponsors area high school students whose parents or guardians are members to attend the youth leadership conferences listed below.

CO-OPS Yes! Youth Leadership Conference

The CO-OPS Yes! Youth Leadership conference is conducted by the Cooperative Network. The two-day conference is designed to help high school students gain a better understanding of cooperatives and develop leadership and problem-solving skills. In addition to speakers and group activities, a real cooperative is formed and operated during the conference.

WECA Youth Leadership Congress

The WECA Youth Leadership Congress is conducted by the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association (WECA). Through a mix of seminar sessions, hands-on activities, and team-building experiences, participants are exposed to a variety of real-life issues and are given the opportunity to identify and explore their leadership potential. Students also form and operate a working cooperative, and have a chance to serve on the Youth Board, which plans and conducts the next Leadership Congress.

For more information on either conference, please contact Member Services at 800-322-1008 or


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