AIEC’s Youth Programs work to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders – without relying exclusively on textbooks and lectures. Our Youth Programs allow today’s teenagers to experience government first-hand by visiting the nations’ capital, meeting their Representatives and Senators, and engaging in interactive discussions. By educating students and enhancing their self-worth, AIEC hopes to promote and inspire responsible and informed participation in the democratic process.

How to Apply

Contact your local electric cooperative to find out specific details for participating. You may visit your electric cooperative by clicking below or you can contact Brooke Gross at the AIEC at (217) 241-7954 or

2024-2025 Dates

  • Youth Day – March 20, 2024
  • Youth to Washington – June 14 – 21, 2024
  • AIEC Annual Meeting in Springfield – August 2, 2024
    (YLC attends/gives speech)
  • NRECA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA – Feb. 28 – March 5, 2025
    (YLC attends)
  • Illinois Youth Day-2025 – Spring 2025
    (YLC attends/gives speech)