The Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) is a three day leadership conference held annually in Jefferson City in late July. It brings in some of the best and brightest young leaders from across Missouri. The focus is to show students more about electric cooperatives and Missouri state government, and to teach leadership skills. The program includes nationally known speakers, tours of great Missouri museums, and a day at the state Capitol.

Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative selects two area students to attend CYCLE each year, with lodging, meals and transportation provided by HOEC.

The 2023 CYCLE conference will be held July 19-21, 2023, at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in Jefferson City.

Eligibility requirements

All area High School Juniors are eligible to apply for this opportunity (except for children of HOEC employees, who are ineligible).

The Application Process

To apply to become a CYCLE delegate, students who are currently juniors are required to complete an application and answer a few questions about themselves. An official application may be downloaded below. The printed and completed application can be mailed or emailed to the cooperative (instructions included in the form). Two students will be selected by an independent group of judges to attend CYCLE.

The application deadline is February 21 28 (extended), 2023.

For more information on CYCLE, contact the HOEC Member Services Department between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at 417-256-2131 or toll free 1-888-HOE-POWER.