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Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience

CYCLE is an annual conference that brings together young leaders from across Missouri for a unique and exciting leadership experience.

An Experience For Leaders

The Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience Program (CYCLE) is an annual three-day conference that brings together some of the brightest high school sophomores from across Missouri for a unique and exciting leadership experience.  Each summer, CYCLE delegates gather for activities and discussion sessions focused on electric cooperative history, state government and leadership skill development.

In 2023, CYCLE will mirror Youth Tour to ensure the health and safety of those involved.

In recent years, program participants have taken guided tours of the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri State Capitol Building and met a number of prominent officials – including the Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Marry Rhodes Russell. A special CYCLE session in the Senate and House of Representatives Chamber also gave delegates an exclusive hands-on experience as they became the General Assembly.

Apply for CYCLE

More than 95 high school sophomores and juniors will receive invitations to attend this year’s prestigious youth conference. This year, WRVEC will choose four 10th grade students to participate in CYCLE in our state capitol July 19-21, 2023. To be eligible, you must (1) be a high school sophomore and attend a high school in WRVEC’s five-county service territory or (2) be home-schooled within WRVEC’s five-county service territory, between 15-16 years of age, and at a sophomore level equivalent. Your family does not need to be a member of the Cooperative.

For consideration, participants are required to write a 500 word essay on the following question: What qualities or experiences make you a good leader?

Applications for 2023 will open March 1st and close March 31st.