March 20, 2024

Wyndham Springfield City Centre

For over 60 years, the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois have given tomorrow’s leaders the opportunity to learn from today’s public officials. Each year, over 300 outstanding students get an up close and first hand look at democracy in action when they meet their elected representatives during Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day. Over the years, thousands of students have learned how government works and why it’s important for every citizen to get involved in it. State senators and representatives have the opportunity to inspire and encourage the leaders of tomorrow during this annual event, held in Springfield.

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) 241-7916 or

2024-2025 Dates

  • Youth Day – March 20, 2024
  • Youth to Washington – June 14- 21, 2024
  • AIEC Annual Meeting in Springfield – August 1, 2024
    (YLC attends/gives speech)
  • NRECA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA – Feb. 28 – March 5, 2025
    (YLC attends)
  • Illinois Youth Day- Spring 2025
    (YLC attends/gives speech)