Cuivre River Electric CYCLE Delegates Visit Missouri State Capitol
Published: July 22, 2016
Jefferson City, MO – One hundred twelve high school students from across Missouri recently participated in the Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program held July 20-22, in Jefferson City. Local delegates sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) were Elizabeth Skelly, Francis Howell Central HS; Meagan Turner, Lutheran HS; Emily Kurtz and Hadley Poole, Timberland HS; Chloe Momphard, Troy Buchanan HS; and Audrey Hahn (Homeschool).
The CYCLE program is conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award presented by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. Since 2004, AMEC has hosted more than 1,000 high school sophomore and junior students from Missouri’s 47 electric distribution and transmission cooperatives.
The three-day program provided an action-filled experience for the students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service, today’s pressing issues, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. Highlights included a special educational session in the Missouri House Chamber at the Missouri State Capitol to discuss the process of local, state and national government.
“These students are an example of the many talented people who live in Missouri. I am pleased that these students are aware of the importance of staying active, involved in community projects and leaders in their respective high schools,” said U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. “I’m extremely proud of each of the students, and I’m glad they had an opportunity to visit the Missouri State Capitol to expand their knowledge and develop as future leaders.”
“By engaging youth through the CYCLE program, electric cooperatives are helping to teach important skills to new generations of young citizens who will help our communities and nation grow,” said CREC Communication Specialist Lonnie Tucker. “Cuivre River Electric has sponsored and provided more than 60 local high school students with a continued focus on youth leadership and educational opportunities at CYCLE since the program began in 2004.”
The CYCLE delegates attended educational seminars and learned about cooperative business principles, electricity, American and Missouri history and competed in a variety of leadership and team building events. Highlights included keynote speeches from Rachel’s Challenge, founded by the father of Rachel Scott who was tragically killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. The CYCLE delegates were challenged to make a positive difference in their schools and communities.
Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest consumer-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 63,500 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on the CYCLE program and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit www.cuivre.com or call Mary Jane Clark at (800) 392-3709, ext. 4830.
Wanted: High School Sophomore For Leadership Conference. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) seeks high school sophomores in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties for the Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program.
Local teachers may nominate sophomores to serve as CYCLE delegates, or students may apply independently. Students are asked to complete an 2017 CYCLE Application (PDF File) and submit a narrative about their school activities and community service.
Applications are available on this web page, at Cuivre River Electric offices, and at participating high schools beginning March 1. Entries will be accepted through April 26. A panel of judges will select six CYCLE delegates.
CYCLE delegates will receive an all-expense paid trip to Jefferson City, July 12-14, 2017 to participate in the CYCLE program conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC). The CYCLE program is in its 14th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.
The program is an action-filled experience which gives students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, learn about community service, the cooperative form of business and lifetime leadership skills. The program includes a day at the Missouri State Capitol learning how a bill goes through the process to become a law.
A highlight was hearing from the Rachel's Challenge Organization (RCO). Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy. Through RCO her family and friends speak to youth around the world about her legacy of being a positive role model to everyone she met.
“By engaging youth through CYCLE, electric cooperatives help teach important skills to new generations of young citizens who will help their communities and nation grow,” says Mary Jane, who coordinates Cuivre River’s participation. “Students learn to make good decisions and develop a positive outlook about public service,” adds Clark. For more CYCLE information visit www.cuivre.com or call (800) 392-3709, ext. 4830.