What is C.Y.C.L.E.?
The Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience a.k.a., the CYCLE program is a three day conference held in July each year in Jefferson City. Thirty Missouri Cooperatives send CYCLE delegates to the conference which brings in approximately 100 high school seniors from across the state. Two of those delegates will be from Consolidated Electric. The two runners up from the Youth Tour essay contest will be given the opportunity to attend the all-expense paid conference. The main goal of the conference 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. Time at the conference isn't all about learning, there are many fun events scheduled throughout the three days. There is an outdoor barbeque and a hypnotist even visits one evening. The overall group is divided into small teams that compete in various events like the build a cooperative game that take place throughout the conference.
To learn more about the CYCLE program visit http://www.ruralmissouri.org/07pages/07SeptCYCLE.html.
Click here to download the application sheet to enter the C.Y.C.L.E. essay contest.