Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience

The Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) is a statewide effort by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives designed to bring together some of the brightest young leaders from across the state to learn about the Electric Utility Industry, the Missouri Electric Cooperatives and Missouri State Government. CYCLE is designed for high school Juniors. The Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives has received an award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recognizing the excellence of the program.

The 2018 CYCLE conference will take place July 18-20, 2018, at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative selects two area students to attend CYCLE, with lodging, meals and transportation provided by HOEC.


Eligibility requirements

  • All area High School Juniors are eligible to apply for this opportunity (except for children of HOEC employees, who are ineligible).



The Application Process

  • You may apply by any one of the following three methods:
    1. On this website, by completing the Online Application Form and clicking the Submit button; OR
    2. On paper, by printing the Application Form PDF file, completing it, and mailing or e-mailing it; OR
    3. On video, by producing a 2- to 3-minute video presentation of yourself verbally answering all questions from the Application Form PDF, and mailing or e-mailing your video.
  • Applications on paper or video should be sent to HOEC by one of the following:
    • E-mail, sent to dbates@hoecoop.org; OR
    • Postal mail, sent to Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Attn: Dakota Bates, P.O. Box 649, West Plains, MO 65775.
  • The deadline for applications to be received for the 2018 conference is February 19, 2018.
  • Two finalists will be chosen by designated HOEC judges to attend CYCLE.


For more information on CYCLE, contact Dakota Bates in the HOEC Member Services Department between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at 417-256-2131 or toll free 1-888-HOE-POWER.

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