Want to give and get mentorship, build your résumé, work in a team and get paid an honorarium? Get involved in CIS!


The BCCA’s Co-ops in Schools (CIS) is a free youth outreach program that links the BC co-operative community with post-secondary and 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.

If you’re studying (or interested in) business, sustainability, social justice, and community development, CIS can give you an insider’s glimpse into co-operative enterprises, introduce you to co-op sector leaders, and help you become a part of BC’s growing co-operative movement.

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CIS runs from September to April (excluding school breaks and exam periods) and requires two to five hours per week. You’ll receive a $200 honorarium upon successful completion of the program. CIS can provide you with:

 Leadership Opportunities

  • Develop demonstrable independent and team leadership skills
  • Learn how to become a role model/mentor to secondary school students
  • Work in a team of four to six post-secondary students to coach an extra-curricular Co-ops in Schools Club at a partner secondary school
  • Provide ‘reverse mentoring’ to your co-op mentor; learn how to coach and be coached

Skills Development & Training

  • Develop project and people management skills, improve presentation ability, and practice effective collaboration, interpersonal and professional communication skills
  • Learn about co-ops through a Co-ops 101 training session, and get ongoing exposure to the co-op business model
  • Understand daily life in a professional environment

Networking and Support

  • Receive professional mentoring, support and advice from co-op and credit union professionals through monthly one-on-one meetings
  • Get coaching and support from the BCCA’s Youth Program ManagerAwards and recognition? Need more details to explain
  • Participate in CIS events and sessions to build business contacts
  • Receive letters of recommendation and participation from your co-op mentor, secondary school teacher liaison, and BCCA staff

Co-operative Sector Knowledge

  • Develop foundational knowledge and understanding of the co-operative sector, which can lead to new study avenues and career options
  • Build a demonstrable commitment to community service

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Team selection takes place in mid-to-late September each year. Early application is advised.


The CIS program can help post-secondary institutions to develop the “whole student”. The program directly connects business professionals as mentors to groups of post-secondary students, and can benefits students in a wide variety of programs or fields of study.

Program Benefits

  • Provides students with an opportunity for applied knowledge in a community service context
  • Increases students’ awareness of the co-op business model and provides timely and relevant tie-ins to classroom content that can be applied to other courses and post-secondary experiences
  • Builds important emotional and learning connections that, in turn, improve student performance and retention
  • Improves student employability and connects them to potential future employers
  • Deepens the school’s relationships with area businesses and secondary schools

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We’re recruiting applicants at UBC, UBCO, SFU Burnaby, SFU Surrey, UVic, BCIT, KPU, UFV, and Langara College!

About the CIS Program

Learn more about CIS and how it can enhance your post-secondary studies.

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