The BCCA’s Co-ops in Schools (CIS) is a youth outreach program that links the BC co-operative community with high school and post-secondary school students in a unique tri-mentorship and professional development relationship. Through tri-mentorship, a mentee in one relationship becomes a mentor in another relationship – often to a peer or a younger person.

The CIS program:

  • Connects co-op and credit union professionals with motivated post-secondary students through a formalized mentor/mentee relationship
  • Connects post-secondary students with high school students for peer mentorship through extra-curricular “Co-op Clubs”, using the most current approaches to education

CIS raises youth participation in — and awareness of — the co-operative economy by providing high school and post-secondary students with professional development, career insights, skills, and knowledge. CIS also gives co-op and credit union professionals the opportunity to get directly and personally involved in this process, and to develop relationships with their local schools.

The CIS program runs each post-secondary school year (October to April) in select regions of BC, and has been an overwhelming success since it began in 2015.

Goals

  1. Increase high school students’ understanding of co-operative enterprises; provide them with valuable resources and skills to succeed in the future; offer a bridge to post-secondary studies; provide peer-led inspiration and advice
  2. Increase post-secondary students’ understanding of co-operative enterprise; provide them with valuable resources and skills to succeed in the future; offer a bridge to the world of work; allow them to practice managing a team; help them become future leaders and influencers in the social economy; provide inspiration and advice on their career development journey
  3. Give co-operative and credit union professionals the opportunity to give back to the community by mentoring post-secondary students; facilitate valuable relationships with the next generation of workers and consumers
  4. Strengthen and unite BC’s co-operative sector; expand and create community engagement and deepen co-op awareness to increase membership; build the co-op economy in all regions of the province

For more information, contact Katherine Levett BCCA Program Manager
Phone: 604.662.3906 ex. 4   Email: katherine@bcca.coop