Youth and Education programs

Young people are best poised to advocate for their needs and to facilitate positive social change that addresses the needs of their communities. However, there are also many youth who face a wide variety of challenging issues. The Co-operators partners with community organizations who provide support to youth and to organizations that provide youth leadership programs.

Co-operative Youth and Young Leaders Programs

The aim of these programs is to contribute to the personal development of youth and encourage their active involvement in community and co-operative organizations. Through interactive and engaging activities young people gain an increased understanding of co-operatives, credit unions, and the skills and self-confidence to become co-operative members, employees, and leaders in their communities.

IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Leadership Program

Delivered in partnership with The Natural Step Canada, this program provides Canadian youth with the necessary training, tools, and support to develop sustainability initiatives, projects, and businesses. This experience begins with training and networking opportunities; followed by support including co-working space, coaching, and mentorship; and lastly we provide grants for IMPACT! participants and connect with them other IMPACT! leaders, sustainability and industry professionals, and partners. Learn more on the IMPACT! website.