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 2022 CYCLE conference took place July 13th – 15th, 2022 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 will be posted right here on the cooperative website when the 2023 application period begins. The application can be printed, filled out and mailed or emailed to the cooperative. Two students will be selected by an independent group of judges to attend CYCLE.

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.