Each year in July, an action-filled three days provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it is like to be involved in politics, the cooperative form of business and being a leader. The program included nationally known speakers and a day at the Missouri State Capitol participating in a mock legislative session. To learn more about electric cooperatives, the group was divided up into small teams that competed in various events like the "build a cooperative" game. Another highlight was hearing from the Rachel's Challenge Organization. Rachel Scott was the first student killed in the Columbine High School tragedy on April 20, 1999. Today, her family and friends speak to youth around the world about Rachel's legacy of being a positive role model to everyone she met in life.
The CYCLE program is in its 9th year and is a recipient of the National Community Youth Service award for the top youth program among all electric cooperatives in the country. For more information, please go to www.amec.org/content/about-cycle.