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Cuivre River Electric 2015 Youth Tour Delegates.Youth Tour Delegates Visit U.S. Capitol: June 18, 2015

Washington, D.C. – Ninety-seven high school juniors from Missouri participated in the 51st anniversary of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 12-18. Local delegates were Hannah Baalman, Dardenne Prairie; Alexa and Madison Jones, O’Fallon; Alexandra Hudelson, Old Monroe; Jessica Hoelting, Moscow Mills; and Sarah Hoelscher, Warrenton. They were sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC), Troy. The seven-day tour provided an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s pressing issues. Highlights included a special session on Capitol Hill with U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to discuss the process of government, issues of the day and increasing their knowledge of cooperative electric utilities and American history. Read more…


2015 Cuivre River Youth Tour Daily Delegate Blog.Youth Tour Daily Delegate Blogs: June 12-18, 2015

The Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Delegates will be in Washington, D.C. from June 12-18, 2015. Each day Hannah Baalman, Sarah Hoelscher, Jessica Hoelting, Alexandra Hudelson, Alexa Jones and Madison Jones will post and share their experiences and pictures from their daily adventures in and around our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Join them on their trip to Jefferson City, St. Louis and around our Nation's Capital, Washington, D.C. Who knows what they will see, who they will meet and what experience awaits them around the corner in Washington, D.C.? Find out here! We hope you enjoy their "Youth Tour Daily Delegate Blogs". Read blogs...



2015 Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Contest Winners.Cuivre River Announces Youth Tour Winners: April 9, 2015

“Concern for Community” is the cooperative principle that won the hearts of most finalists in Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s 47th Annual Youth Tour Final Competition on April 8. Twelve local students presented their essays touting “The Power of Cooperative Principles” with judges and guests attending the event. Students’ speeches and cooperative quiz scores determined the most important contest of the evening, the selection of Cuivre River’s delegates to attend the National Youth Tour Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer. Read more…


Cuivre River Electric Announces Youth Tour Finalists.Cuivre River Announces Youth Tour Finalists: March 27, 2015

Cuivre River Electric is proud to announce the twelve area high school juniors who have been selected as the CREC Youth Tour finalists. They are Alexa Jones and Madison Jones of Francis Howell HS, Michele Norton of Silex HS, Krista Krekeler and Alyssa Shields of Timberland HS, Jessica Hoelting of Troy Buchannan HS, Sarah Hoelscher, Baylie Fowler and Kierstan McBride of Warrenton HS, Alexandra Hudelson and Kasey Kaimann of Winfield HS, and homeschool student Hannah Baalman. The twelve finalists were selected from 387 student essays focusing on “The Power of Cooperative Principles”. The seven cooperative principles include Voluntary and Open Membership, Democratic Member Control, Member Economic Participation, Autonomy and Independence, Education, Training and Information, Cooperation among Cooperatives and Concern for Community. Read more…


Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Contest Begins February 2.Youth Tour Contest Begins: February 2, 2015

The Power of Cooperative Principles. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CREC) invites high school juniors of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties to participate in the Youth Tour essay contest. "The Power of Cooperative Principles" is the essay topic chosen for students who enter the competition which begins February 2.This is Cuivre River's 47th annual contest to select high school juniors to serve as delegates to the National Youth Tour in Washington, D. C. June 12-18. "Youth Tour is our opportunity to share co-op values with a new generation," Communications Specialist Lonnie Tucker says of the national program, which will celebrate its 51st birthday this year. Read more…



Cuivre River Electric. What is the Youth Tour?What Is The Youth Tour?

The Youth Tour provides high school juniors with a unique opportunity to learn about democracy and leadership in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Youth Tour is to foster students’ appreciation for the democratic form of government; educate students about the role of electric cooperatives in the national economy; expand their understanding of cooperatives as a business model; introduce students to the cooperative principles and understanding the value of rural electrification; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation’s heritage; build students’ leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities; Read more...
Youth Tour Origin & History.Youth Tour Origin & History
Senator Lyndon Johnson inspired the Youth Tour when he addressed the NRECA Annual Meeting in Chicago in 1957. The Senator declared, "If one thing goes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents." Read more.
2015 Youth Tour Contest Application.Youth Tour Essay Contest Application
This is it! Cuivre River Electric's Official Youth Tour Essay Contest Application. Everything a high school junior living in the Cuivre River Electric service area (Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties) needs to know about entering the 2015 Youth Tour Essay Contest. The topic for the essay contest is "The Power of Cooperative Principles." Official contest rules, important dates, judging criteria and resources are provided on this application. Student compositions must include a completed Official Youth Tour Essay Contest Application upon submission of their entry into the contest. Get your official 2015 Youth Tour Essay Contest Application here...

2015 Youth Tour Research and Study Guide.2015 Youth Tour Research and Study Guide

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to offer the Youth Tour Research and Study Guide to students looking for cooperative information to use in their composition. The Youth Tour Research and Study Guide contains 11 pages of cooperative information highlighting cooperatives and your community, the history of rural electrification, important dates, energy terms and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative facts. The perfect tool when crafting your 500-1,000 word essay for the 2015 Youth Tour Contest. Get your copy here...


Youth Tour finalists can download a copy of the Cooperative Knowledge Quiz to get a better understanding of the type of questions that may be used on this year's quiz. This sample was used in a previous Youth Tour competition and the answers can be found in the Youth Tour Research and Study Guide and on our website. Get your copy here...


Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour. The Electric Cooperative Story Video.

"The Electric Cooperative Story" Video

Looking for some help with your Youth Tour essay? What is a cooperative? What are cooperative principles? What makes a cooperative different? Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to present “The Electric Cooperative Story” video. This incredible video is provided by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and features a fast-action hand-drawn guide to the history, structure, and purpose of rural electric cooperatives. The perfect resource for your 500-1,000 word Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour composition. See video…


Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour YouTube Channel.Missouri Youth Tour YouTube Channel

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative proudly presents the Missouri Youth Tour YouTube Channel! This collection of videos, produced by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC), highlights the Missouri Youth Tour Delegates experiences in Washington, D.C. as they attended the National Youth Tour Conference from previous years. Follow Missouri Youth Tour Director Mike Marsch and eighty-five high school juniors, you might recognize a few of them, on their action packed all expense paid seven day tour. A trip of a lifetime! See what 500-1,000 words can do for you! Show Me DC!


Cuivre River Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Additional Information.


Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour History. 45 Years Of Leadership!Cuivre River Youth Tour Delegate History

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is proud to sponsor the Youth Tour. Since 1964, Cuivre River Electric has selected 198 students to represent our cooperative, and the Missouri State Cooperatives, at the National Youth Tour Conference in Washington, D.C.  The names of the Cuivre River Youth Tour Delegates, and their high schools, are listed below and forever linked to our history and commitment to the Cooperative Principle: Education, Training and Information. Read more...
Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour. Leadership Experience.More Youth Tour Links
To learn more about the Youth Tour you may want to visit one of the following cooperative links:
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Want to hear what the delegates had to say about their Youth Tour experience? Read more...

Missouri Youth Tour Dynamic Duo! Lonnie and Mike.

Lonnie Tucker Mike Marsch
Cuivre River Electric AMEC
Youth Tour Coordinator Youth Tour Director
P.O. Box 160 P.O. Box 1645
Troy, MO 63379 Jefferson City, MO 65102
800.392.3709 ext. 230 573.635.6857 ext. 3439