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We’re looking for high school students who are interested in public service and leadership!

  • Posted: 09.07.2021

Guided by our cooperative commitment to community, Harrison County REC 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 new opportunity for students to learn more about advocacy, electric cooperative career opportunities, and the cooperative business model with a three-part seminar series during National Co-op Month in October. The Iowa Youth Leadership Academy is open to any high school student in our service area, and they are invited to register by clicking the link below!

Students can attend at Harrison County REC Headquarters or from the comfort of their own home!

“This new program is really designed for Iowa students who have a passion for public service, leadership, or government,” remarked HCREC Manager, Joe Farley. “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.”

HCREC is giving away an HP Sprocket Pocket Printer!
HCREC is giving away an HP Sprocket Pocket Printer! Check out other awesome door prizes by attending Youth Leadership Academy!

HCREC is offering students two different ways to attend the Iowa Youth Leadership Academy. Students can register for online sessions and can attend the webinars from their own computer or mobile device, or they can attend the sessions in-person at Harrison County REC’s headquarters in Woodbine. Each session will last around 45-60 minutes and focus on a specific topic. The schedule is as follows:

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 session, one lucky virtual attendee will be selected at random to win a pair of Apple AirPods, and those who attend in person at HCREC can win an HP Sprocket Pocket Printer, a HydroFlask Water Bottle, and Casey’s Gas Cards. Students who attend all three sessions virtually or in-person will be entered into a random drawing for a $1,000 college scholarship.

During the 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 weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. The 2022 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is slated for June 18-24 next summer.

Interested? Contact Kristi Davis at or by filling out the form below!

Is your parent or guardian a member of Harrison County REC?*

Please select how you would prefer to attend the sessions:*

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