Co-operative Young Leaders

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 50th year in 2017, more than 3,000 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 2018. Sponsorship applications for the summer 2018 CYL Camp are now being accepted. Applications must be received no later than May 18, 2018. The application deadline for 2018 has passed. Please check back in March of 2019. 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.
“I think of CYL as a community and not just a camp for youth. The friendships, communication and leadership skills will help me in the future. It was definitely a privilege to be sponsored to CYL.”
2009 CYL Participant
“I truly loved and enjoyed every moment of my time at CYL and I will cherish the memories forever, as well as use the knowledge of everything I have learned to help me be successful in the future.”
2011 CYL Participant
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