The Global Youth Network of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) published Cooperative Spring: A CoopYouth Toolkit about a year ago. It is a document about cooperativism and cooperative practice, generally, from the perspective of #coopyouth. This toolkit is not a step-by-step guide to start a cooperative, as many of those already exist. Rather, it is a living reference guide for youth cooperators at various stages of cooperative practice, exploring key issues that face youth while starting, maintaining, and developing their cooperatives.
Do you want to learn how to develop youth cooperatives in your country, region or globally? The ICA Youth Committee is inviting cooperators to apply to a training of trainers to take place in February 2023, where you will learn how to apply the toolkit. The training will be led by the author of the toolkit, Emily Lippold Cheney.
This training is for you if:
- You are a cooperator and/or you are currently a coach, trainer, or coop supporter
- You are under the age of 35
- You are committed to help develop youth coops
- You can get the support to become a trainer in your country and participate in regional and global events to train others outside of your country
To apply, duly fill and submit the participant application form online here no later than 31 January 2023. A motivation letter and/or video explaining why you want to become a #coopyouth trainer will need to be submitted along with the application form.
The toolkit will be available in Spanish soon and the training will have simultaneous interpretation English – Spanish.