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Co-operative Young Leaders Program

Meridian will be sponsoring up to six teens (aged 14-18) to take part in the
Co-operative Young Leaders program during the summer of 2017!

These six lucky youths will have the opportunity to spend a week at the Ontario Co-operative Association's Cooperative Young Leader (CYL) summer program designed to bring young people ages 14–18 together from all across Ontario to practice co-operative leadership through inspiring and fun activities! 

Don't miss your chance to learn, develop your skills, and have fun - apply by June 6, 2017!

CYL will Change Your Life

The CYL  program has all the things that make summer camp fun—hikes, campfires, swimming, volleyball. But CYL offers so much more! You will learn how to be a leader and a team player—how to co-operate, solve problems, and improve your survival skills. And unlike many other summer programs, you have a say in what happens. As a group, you and your fellow participants help decide on social activities, sports, and the rules and regulations of your stay.

The goals of the CYL program are to:

  • Provide young people with a fantastic summer experience
  • Develop leadership and communication skills and foster self-confidence
  • Create a stronger awareness of co-ops and co-operative principles

For more details on the CYL program, please visit the Ontario Co-operative Association's CYL webpage

Where Does the CYL Program Take Place?

The program takes place Albion Hills Conservation Area in Caledon, ON and runs for either 6 or 7 days (depending on your program).

How do you apply?

In 250 words or less, tell us how YOU co-operate. We want to see how you’ve made an impact using collaboration- whether through a sports team, volunteering with a community group or on a successful school project.

Please submit applications by email (along with your name, age, address, and phone number) to community@meridiancu.ca 

Sponsorship is open to any young person who meets the following criteria:

  • Candidates must be an Ontario resident
  • Candidates must be aged 14-18
  • Candidates must be a Meridian member or their parent, grandparent or legal guardian must be a Meridian member

Application Deadline: June 6, 2017. The winning selections and all applicants will be notified by June 9, 2017.

Please note that the Intermediate week is full! As a result, Meridian will be sponsoring youth to attend the Junior (ages 14-15 who have not attended CYL previously) and Senior (ages 16-18) weeks only for 2017.