Youth Leadership Opportunities
2024 CYCLE Leadership Contest
This contest is open to any high school sophomore or junior who attends a high school in the Barry Electric Cooperative service area. Home-schooled students are also eligible to apply if they reside within the Barry Electric Cooperative service area.
What is CYCLE?
CYCLE brings in some of the brightest young leaders from across Missouri. The focus is to show students more about electric cooperatives, teach leadership skills and experience Missouri state government. The program includes nationally known speakers and a day at the state Capitol. There is also time for some fun things like an outdoor barbecue and a hypnosis game. The group is also divided up into smaller teams that compete in various events like the “build a cooperative” game.
2024 Youth Tour Competition
This contest is open to any high school junior who attends a high school in the Barry Electric Cooperative service area. Home-schooled students are also eligible to apply if they reside within the Barry Electric Cooperative service area.
What is Youth Tour?
More than 100 Missouri high school juniors join 1,500 students from other states on the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. every summer. Students attend a premiere youth leadership conference sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Highlights of the conference include breakout sessions on youth leadership, discussions on community issues and solutions and motivational speeches by today’s recognized leaders. You will also have the chance to meet your senators and representatives as well!
The Cool Places Youth Tour Delegates See
National Historic Memorials: A few include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery and the Vietnam War Memorial
Houses of Government: U.S. Capitol, Congress Chambers, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and the National Archives
Favorite Area Landmarks: Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institute, Ford’s Theatre and the National Cathedral