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Cuivre River Electric offers sophomore leadership program

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC) invites high school sophomores of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties to apply for the Cooperative Youth Conference & Leadership Experience (CYCLE) program.

Local teachers are invited to nominate sophomore students to serve as CYCLE delegates, or students may apply independently. In addition to an application, sophomore students are asked to submit a narrative about their school activities and community service. Applications are available at, at Cuivre River offices, and at participating high schools. Entries are accepted March 1 through April 30. A panel of judges will select six CYCLE delegates, and the names will be announced on May 9.

CYCLE delegates will receive an all-expense paid trip to Jefferson City, July 18 through 20, to participate in the CYCLE program conducted by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC). Last year the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association named the CYCLE program the “Best State Program” in the country.

The program is an action-filled experience for the students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics and to learn about community service, today’s pressing issues, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. Highlights for last year’s delegates included a special educational session in the Missouri House Chamber at the Missouri State Capitol to discuss the process of local, state and national government.

“By engaging youth through the CYCLE program, electric cooperatives are helping to teach important skills to new generations of young citizens who will help their communities and nation grow,” says Lonnie Tucker, who coordinates Cuivre River’s participation in the program. “Students learn to make good decisions and develop a positive outlook about public service,” adds Tucker.

Since 2004, Cuivre River has sponsored and provided more than 35 students with a continued focus on youth leadership and educational opportunities at CYCLE. AMEC has hosted more than 500 high school sophomores and juniors from Missouri’s 47 electric cooperatives.

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest consumer-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 60,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on the CYCLE program and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit or call 800.392.3709.