Co-op Youth Leadership Program

Youth programming has been a key pillar of MCA’s work since inception.  We are always looking for new ways to educate young people about co-ops and encourage them to become involved with their local co-ops.

Currently MCA offers a Co-op Youth Leadership Retreat over a span of 3 1/2 days in a beautiful camp like setting.  Learning through participation is emphasized and the workshops encourage participants to play an active role in their leadership development process. The educational topics covered include: communication and public speaking skills, values discussions, working effectively in a group setting, diversity, global development, cooperation and cooperatives and leadership skills.

Each participant that wishes to attend a seminar is encouraged to find a local co-op or credit union sponsor to cover the $350 registration fee. We suggest you seek sponsorship from a…

  • Credit Union
  • Retail Co-op Store/Gas Station
  • Caisse Populaire
  • Housing Co-op
  • Co-operators Insurance Agent/Office
  • CUMIS insurance office/agent
  • Health Care Co-op
  • Worker Co-op
  • Co-op Trust Company Office
  • Co-op Day Care
  • Water or Utility Co-op
  • Recreational Co-op

Participants can also be sponsored by their local band council, student council, parent, or other local business. The sponsor pays the registration fee on behalf of the participant.


The 2020 program scheduled from April 30 to May 3 at the Riding Mountain Conference Centre (Camp Wannakumbac) has been cancelled. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the advice of public health, we have decided not to proceed with this years program.  We hope to once again offer the Co-op Youth Leadership Retreat in 2021.

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