Courtney Ann Jackson, Stephanie CaplesAlcorn County Electric Power Association, in an effort to better acquaint the future leaders of our communities with cooperative philosophy, participates with other electric cooperatives in Mississippi in a statewide youth leadership program. The youth leadership program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about electric power associations, how and why cooperatives operate, and how electricity is distributed, in addition to sharpening their leadership skills.

Program Goals

The Electrical Power Associations of Mississippi Youth Leadership Program offers young people the tools and knowledge that will enable them to sharpen their leadership skills in their classroom, community, church and family.

Students selected to participate in the youth program will attend a three-day workshop in Jackson. The program focuses on developing the leadership skills of high school students who have demonstrated a desire to be quality leaders among today’s natural leaders. It is the desire of this program to enhance these talents and provide advanced skills to help them as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The group of young Mississippians participating in the program will represent electric power associations across the state. Students are selected through various forms of intense competition conducted by the local associations.

Leadership Workshop

Students will attend a leadership workshop in Jackson where they will study the finer aspects of leadership, enjoy a first-hand look at out state government in action and hear presentations from government leaders, local business leaders and rural electric power association professionals.

Washington, D.C., Youth Tour

Each June more that 1200 high school juniors from across the nation join the Mississippi delegation and travel to Washington, D.C., for the Rural Electric Youth Tour. During the week, they learn about the city, government, cooperatives and rural electrification.

During the week-long trip, Mississippi’s student delegation will visit the popular monuments and memorials, the nation’s Capitol (including visits to the galleries of the House of Representatives and Senate), the White House and much more. They will participate in a group visit with Mississippi’s two senators and office visits with their respective representative. Students will also attend an exciting performance at the Kennedy Center and witness the popular changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Youth Tour Participants 2001-2011

2001 – Jennifer Talley, Biggersville High School and
Kari Beth Nash, Biggersville High School

2002 – Kimberly Perry, Biggersville High School and
Henry H. Dodd, Corinth High School

2003 – Rebecca Lo, Alcorn Central High School and
Elijah Myrick, Corinth High School

2004 – Jessica Bennett, Kossuth High School and
Lindsey Dodd, Alcorn Central High School

2005 – Courtney Ann Jackson, Corinth High School and
Stephanie Caples, Kossuth High School

2006 – Elizabeth Lancaster, Corinth High School and
Ivy Price, Corinth High School

2007 – Samuel Bragg, Home School;
Patrick Lo, Alcorn Central High School and
Brittanie Howard, Corinth High School

2008 – Skylar McCrimon, Kossuth High School and
Briley Elliott, Corinth High School

2009 – Seth Bragg, Home School and
Kelsie Follin, Kossuth High School

2010 – Alie Trim, Kossuth High School and
Chassey Barnes, Kossuth High School

2011 – Aubrey Hodges, Kossuth High School and
Abby Noyes, Corinth High School