Our History with Missouri’s Future Leaders
Through Youth Tour and CYCLE programs, Missouri’s electric
cooperatives help kids develop leadership skills and co-op knowledge
Electric cooperatives always have had a strong commitment to their local youth. It’s all part of a much larger “Commitment to Community,” one of the seven cooperative principles that guide our member-owned organizations. Each summer, a majority of Missouri’s electric cooperatives back that commitment by sending
nearly 200 youth, most entering their senior year of high school, on two different trips with similar goals.
“The Youth Tour and CYCLE programs are two great ways our cooperatives can get involved with helping develop leadership potential in our younger members,” says Barry Hart, CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. “The future economic viability of rural communities depends on the cooperatives developing their rural leadership. These kids are our future.”
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"The trip of a lifetime"
Every year electric cooperatives in Missouri sponsor essay contests to select delegates to the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These fortunate high school students represent their local cooperative on a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital. They tour museums, visit America's most cherished monuments and even meet their elected officials. All the while they are learning about electric cooperatives and their role in the community.
If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in the Youth Tour program. Check our map of participating systems to see if a co-op in your area sponsors delegates.
For more information, check out National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour site.
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Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience
The CYCLE program is a three day conference held in Jefferson City in late July. It brings in some of the brightest young leaders from across Missouri. The focus is to show students more about electric cooperatives, teach leadership skills and experience Missouri state government. The program includes nationally know speakers and a day at the state Capitol. There is also time for some fun things like an outdoor barbeque and a hypnosis. The group is also divided up into smaller teams that compete in various events like the “build a cooperative” game. Read More about CYCLE here.
For information on youth programs contact:
Mike Marsch, Youth Activities Manager
Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
P.O. Box 1645, Jefferson City, MO 65102