Missouri Electric Co-op Youth Program Means Education and Fun

Faith Stewart, Eminence, and Teah Thomason, Winona, were among the 103 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 17-19, 2019, in Jefferson City. They were sponsored by Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Each year in July, three action-filled days provide high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. The program included nationally known speakers and time at the Missouri State Capitol learning how a bill goes through the process to become a law. To learn more about electric cooperatives, the group was divided up into teams that competed in various events like the “build a cooperative” game. Another highlight was hearing from the Rachel’s Challenge Organization. Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s 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. Students also toured the Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton, MO and saw a live power line demonstration at Callaway Electric Cooperative.

The CYCLE program is in its 16th 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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