Every year, electric cooperatives in Missouri sponsor essay contests to select delegates to the annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These fortunate high school students represent their local cooperative on a whirlwind tour of the nation's capital. They tour museums, visit America's most cherished monuments and even meet their elected officials. All the while, they are learning about electric cooperatives and their role in the community.
If you are a high school junior, you may be eligible to participate in the Youth Tour program. Please contact our local office in New London to find out if you are eligible.
For more information in regards to Youth Tour, please check out National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's Youth Tour site.
Youth Tour Highlight Video
The CYCLE program is a three day conference held in Jefferson City in late July. It brings in some of the brightest young leaders from across Missouri. The focus is to show students more about electric cooperatives, teach leadership skills and experience Missouri state government. The program includes nationally known speakers and a day at the state Capitol. There is also time for some fun things like an outdoor barbeque and a hypnosis. The group is also divided up into smaller teams that compete in various events like the “build a cooperative” game.
If you are a high school senior, you may be eligible to participate in the Cycle Program.
You can read more about the CYCLE program here.