Missouri Electric Co-op Youth Program combines Education and Fun

Taylor Van Steenis, Eminence and Tiffany Daugherty, Bakersfield, were among the 105 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program. The conference was held July 18-20, 2018, in Jefferson City. They were sponsored by Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Each year in July, three action-filled days provide high school students with opportunities to learn first-hand about politics, the cooperative form of business, and leadership. The program includes nationally known speakers and a day at the Missouri State Capitol learning about the process through which a bill becomes a law. To learn more about electric cooperatives, students are divided into teams to compete in various events like the “build a cooperative” game. Another highlight is hearing from the Rachel’s Challenge Organization. Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Today, her family and friends speak to youth around the world about Rachel’s legacy of being a positive role model to everyone she met in life.

The CYCLE program is in its 15th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country.

For more information about the program, contact Member Communications Specialist, Dakota Bates at 417-256-2131 or 1-888-HOE-POWER.

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