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Youth Leadership Program

In an effort to help develop the future leaders of our communities and state, Pearl River Valley Electric participates with other rural electric cooperatives in Mississippi in a statewide Youth Leadership Program. Now in its 35th year, the 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.

Each fall, Pearl River Valley looks for two or three area high school students to participate in the  program. The Association selects finalists from essays submitted by students throughout its 12-county service area. Winners are selected by an interview process.

Three local high school juniors, Hagen Bracey and Marlie Barnes of Columbia Academy and Jeremiah Jackson of Wiggins are the winners this year. In late February, they joined over 80 other students from around the state in Jackson for the 34th annual Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop, where they met with legislators and took part in leadership training sessions. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, they were unable to participate in the yearly Washington D.C. trip.

Due to COVID-19 we are waiting to see if the 2021 Youth Leadership Program will take place.  We are currently not accepting essays and applications. Click here for information about last year's contest. Essays are typically due in October.


Click here to read about the 2019 Washington, DC, Youth tour trip

Click here to read about the finalists from this year's contest.

Click here to read about the 2019 Youth Leadership Conference in Jackson.

Click here for more information about the National Rural Electric Youth Tour.

Click here for a YouTube video about past Youth Tour attendees, including one (Kent Ford) from PRVEPA. 

Click here to learn more about what rural life was like before electric service.


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