It's time to apply for the CYCLE program

It's time to apply for the CYCLE program

It's time to apply for the CYCLE program

Are you a leader in your community and school? Do you want to learn more about state government?

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is looking to send six high school sophomores to the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program this summer.

The annual contest is open to high school sophomores who live and attend school in Cuivre River’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes. Local teachers are invited to nominate sophomore students to serve as CYCLE delegates, or students may apply independently.

As part of the application process, sophomore students are asked to submit a narrative about their school activities and community service. Applications are available HERE, at Cuivre River offices in Troy and Lake Saint Louis, and at participating high schools.

The application deadline is April 17. A panel of judges will select six CYCLE delegates, and the names will be announced on May 10.

CYCLE delegates will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Jefferson City, July 17-19, to participate in the CYCLE program conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC).

The conference provides an action-filled experience for the students, offering them opportunities to learn what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service, today’s pressing issues, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. Delegates will have the opportunity to tour the Missouri State Capitol and learn the process of local, state and national government.

“Missouri cooperatives are committed to developing our next generation of citizens,” said Tim Schmidt, who coordinates Cuivre River Electric’s participation in the program. “The CYCLE conference is a great opportunity for students to get an inside look at state government, learn leadership skills, hear interesting speakers and meet new friends. Students should return home with a positive outlook about public service.”

The CYCLE program is in its 16th year and is a past recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. Since 2004, Cuivre River has sponsored and provided more than 60 students with a continued focus on youth leadership and educational opportunities at CYCLE. For more information about the CYCLE program, contact Tim Schmidt at 636-695-4837 or by email at

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