Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (CYCLE)
High school sophomores have an opportunity to participate in a leadership program this year. WRVEC will choose three 10th grade students to participate in Missouri's Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) in our state capitol July 18-20, 2018.
Local teachers are invited to nominate students at the 10th grade level to serve as CYCLE delegates, or students may apply independently. On the application, students are asked to submit a narrative about their school activities and community service.
What is CYCLE?
The Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience Program is a three-day conference held in Jefferson City, MO. More than 95 high school sophomores and juniors will receive invitations to attend this year’s prestigious youth conference. The CYCLE Program brings together some of the brightest young leaders from across Missouri each year, and provides these students with a truly unique and exciting leadership experience.
Each summer, CYCLE delegates gather for three days of activities and discussion sessions focused on electric cooperative history, state government and leadership skill development.
The delegates hear presentations from guest speakers, work on special team projects, and experience the state legislative process first-hand. Discussion topics include electric cooperatives and their member-owners, government organization, and general community issues.
During the CYCLE session, students meet staff at the AMEC offices, where there is an orientation about the cooperative business model and the industry's future. The students hear about how the first electric cooperative members signed up, how the first lines were strung on the poles, and how the electric cooperatives have evolved into the high quality systems of today. Students also participate in challenges to test their team's knowledge of electric cooperatives.
CYCLE Program Tours
Program participants will take a guided tour of the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Missouri State Capitol Building. During these tours, students will meet a number of prominent officials including Supreme Court of Missouri Judge Marry Rhodes Russell. Delegates also get an introduction to Missouri's history and legislative process.
A special CYCLE session in the Senate and House of Representatives Chamber gives delegates an exclusive hands-on experience as they become the General Assembly.
Youth Tour/CYCLE Video: Our History with Missouri's Future Leaders