Co-operative Young Leaders

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Co-operative Young Leaders Program

Co-operative Young Leaders is a summer experience unlike any other. This week-long camp brings young people together from all across Ontario to learn about, and practice, communication and leadership through co-operative activities. Since its inception in 1967 to its 44th year in 2011, more than 2800 young people have gone through Ontario co-operative young leaders programs.

Each camp session is aimed at youth of a particular age. There are sessions throughout the summer for youths aged 14 to 18.

Every summer, Ontario co-ops and credit unions give 200 young people a chance to attend CYL, which is a program of the Ontario Co-operative association (On-Co-op). It is held at the Lake St, George Field Centre located in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

For many years Peel/Halton CHF has sponsored one member co-op youth from our area to attend the Co-operative Young Leaders Camp (CYL) at no cost to the participant. To encourage youth leadership, PHCHF has committed to sponsoring two youths for 2016. Sponsorship applications for the summer 2016 CYL Camp are now being accepted. Applications must be received no later than May 18, 2016.

This is a fabulous opportunity for a youth living in your co-op. Youth, ages 14 to 18 that are interested in attending should complete the attached CYL Sponsorship Application. The Ontario Federations including PHCHF in partnership with CHF Canada are co-coordinating the CYL sponsorship for the first time this year. This means there will be three opportunities for youth sponsorship.

Applications for sponsorship should be sent directly to CHF Canada – Ontario Region at the address shown on the Sponsorship Application

Please note:

Applicants must send a brief letter outlining why they want to attend and why the Board should select them. A letter of recommendation from your co-op office is needed as well. Two names will be selected by PHCHF for our sponsorship from the applications submitted from our area. If your application is not selected by PHCHF, your application will be forwarded and entered in the CHF Canada’s all- Ontario Sponsorship draw. Youth, whose names were selected, will have their complete registration fees for CYL paid for by their sponsors.

Please find attached the information sheet and application for member households with a resident youth. The application can be downloaded from the CHF Canada web site:

Please share the information with your members at Board meetings, members meetings and post on your community boards.

For more information about CYL, check out their website and please contact the PHCHF office if you have any questions or need more information.