Wallace Bass, Mississippi's representative on the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Leadership Council (YLC), took top honors at a conference featuring outstanding students from across the nation.  During the 2018 Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (ECM) Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson, Wallace, representing Central Electric Power Association in Carthage, was selected among 79 students to represent our state at the National level.

Each state participating in the NRECA Washington, DC Youth Tour selects a representative to serve on the YLC.  Wallace attended the YLC conference in Washington July 14-18, where he competed against 42 representatives to represent electric cooperatives nationwide.  The students were required to prepare speeches about their Youth Tour experience and/or electric cooperatives.  They delivered their speeches in front of their peers and a panel of judges.  On July 17, Wallace was named as the NRECA 2019 spokesperson.  Wallace will deliver his speech at the ECM Annual Meeting in September 2018, and again at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., March 2019, before an estimated group of 9,000.

Wallace is the son of Tracie Bass of Carthage and attends Leake County High School.

Central Electric Power Association and ECM congratulate Wallace on this distinguished honor.

To view a video of Wallace's speech click here.


Central Electric Power Association understands that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. 

Are you a high school junior and your parent(s) or legal guardian receives electric service from Central Electric Power Association?  If so, we encourage you to apply to represent Central Electric Power Association in the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop and the NRECA Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. 


     1. Applicant must be a high school junior (11th grade) whose parent(s) or legal guardian receives electric service from
          Central Electric Power Association.

     2. Applicants will be selected by an independent panel of judges to participate in an interview process for the selection of
          the winners who will represent Central Electric Power Association in the Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson, MS and
          the NRECA Youth Tour in Washington, D. C.

     3. If selected, student must commit to attend both the Leadership Workshop held in February in Jackson, MS and the NRECA
          Youth Tour held in June in Washington D. C.


Students will attend a leadership workshop in the spring in Jackson.  At the workshop, students will study the finer aspects of leadership, enjoy a first-hand look at our state government in action, sharpen their leadership skills, and hear presentations from government leaders, local business leaders and rural electric cooperative professionals.  


The Mississippi delegation will join more than 1,700 high school juniors from across the nation in Washington D.C., for the Rural Electric Youth Tour.  During the week, they will learn about cooperatives, rural electrification, the city and government.  The seven-day schedule is full of sight-seeing, including all of the major monuments and memorials, the Smithsonian, Museums, Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery, to name a few.  


One student is selected at the workshop to represent the Mississippi Delegation on a national level.  The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) member receives a $1,000.00 scholarship upon fulfillment of their duties.


All participants are sponsored by Central Electric Power Association.  This includes all costs - everything from travel, lodging and meals!  Central Electric Power Association is dedicated to our young people and we want to make a difference in their lives.


Contact Jessica Patterson at (601) 267-5671.