One of the most important investments we make

Most of all, they learn how to work as a member of a community.

It has nothing to do with equities or bonds or interest rates, but it has everything to do with maximizing the value of one of our most important assets. Our kids.

It’s called the Co-operative Young Leaders (CYL) Program, and it can make a huge difference in the life of someone you know.

Every summer, 200 young people from the ages of 14-18 descend on the Lake St. George Field Centre, just south of Richmond Hill, for the CYL Summer Camp program. For a week, they indulge in all the traditional summer camp activities. Hikes, crafts, campfires and sports.

But they also do something more. They’re given the opportunity to develop their team-building skills. To develop leadership and communication skills.

But most of all, they learn how to work as a member of a community. They, not the supervisors and facilitators, decide on social activities, sports, and rules and regulations.

How does that work out?

Well, in the words of one parent, “Two of my three children (so far) have attended the camp and it has changed their lives, and mine too. How can a week-long camp have that kind of impact?  One of the things that CYL brings out in the youth is their self confidence, helping them believe in themselves, believe they can accomplish what they put their mind to, believe that speaking up for the right reasons at the right time is the right thing to do. This camp is helping my children develop into healthy, responsible, self-assured adults.”

The spirit of cooperation and community-building is part of our DNA at Meridian, so we’re pleased to be a part of the continual development of the camp in all areas, including providing funding for the professional development training of the CYL Facilitators.

Over the past few years, Meridian has also been proud to sponsor numerous kids attending the CYL Summer Camp, and we’re looking to continue in 2012. So if you know a deserving teen—maybe you’ve got one under your own roof or you’re a grandparent to one—please let us know. It's just one of the benefits of being a Meridian Member. For more information, click here.

As you can see from the “mini-documentary” below, it’s a great time and a great opportunity.

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