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Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is looking for six high school sophomores who are leaders and want to make a difference in their communities. This year’s Missouri Electric Cooperative CYCLE (Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience) program will be held in-person, scheduled for July 19-21 in Jefferson City. A number of speakers and other activities are planned throughout the conference as some of the brightest young leaders across the state are brought together.

The annual contest is open to high school sophomores who live and attend school in CREC’s general service area, or who have the co-op’s service in their homes. Local
teachers are invited to nominate sophomore students to serve as CYCLE delegates, or students may apply independently.

As part of the application process, sophomore students are asked to submit a narrative about their school activities and community service. Applications are available at, at CREC offices in Troy and Lake Saint Louis, and at local high schools. The application deadline is April 19. A panel of judges will select six CYCLE delegates, and the names will be announced on May 10.

The CYCLE program is in its 20th year and is a past recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. Since 2004, Cuivre River has sponsored and provided more than 60 students with a continued focus on youth leadership and educational opportunities at CYCLE.

For more information about the CYCLE program, contact Tim Schmidt at 800-392-3709, ext. 4837 or email You can download an application here or by clicking on the pdf link below.


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