"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.
For information on youth programs contact:
Mike Marsch, Youth Activities Manager
Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives
P.O. Box 1645, Jefferson City, MO 65102