One of the perennial challenges of the cooperative sector is youth engagement. How do you get young people interested in the cooperative movement because after all, it's the youth of today who will help carry the ball forward tomorrow. Last June we profiled the Youth Excellence Society or The YES and how it educates youth through year-round programming and an awesome summer camp!
Darcy Overland, research manager at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, discusses the results of a co-operative survey on the Top Co-op Issues. Then, we were joined by staff and young folk from The Youth Excellence Society or The YES, for a lively discussion of their leadership programs and summer camps on Lake Cowichan sponsored by credit unions across BC!
This evening we hosted a candidate panel on affordable housing. We were hoping for a lively and creative discussion. We were not disappointed.
In 1998, some folks in BC's social services sector sought a new way of doing things. So they formed a collective called The United Social Services Co-op. Now, with the name changed to Realize Strategies Coop a new team is collaborating with coops, non-profits and social enterprises to improve life in our communities.