BCCA’s CO-OPS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAM FEATURED ON VANCOUVER CO-OP RADIO
May 4 , 2016 – BCCA’s innovative Co-ops In School Program (CIS) was featured on 100.5 Co-op Radio’s Each for All Program on May 3rd. BCCA’s CIS Program Manager, Tasha Nathanson was joined by Deborah Zhang, from UBC, Sarah Goble from BCIT and Mabel Huang from Windermere Secondary. Sarah and Deborah are two of the 34 post-secondary students who led a series of Co-op Clubs in six high schools during the school year. Mabel is one of the many high school students who participated in those clubs all across the province.
Deborah and Sarah talked about the mentoring they received from co-op and credit union leaders as part of CIS and what they discovered about BC’s vibrant co-operative sector through their CIS training. When they worked with the high school clubs to cascade that learning to their younger student partners, it re- enforced the new information, while building their presentation and management skills along the way.
Mabel talked about how successful the tri-mentorship model was at a high school level in providing information about co-ops in a fun and inter-active way through their university coaches. Learning by playing 7 Principles Pictionary and attending a Crawl to experience three co-ops in full dimensions, and exploring the range of BC Co-ops and the issues they face through the Case Co-opetition was a much more hands-on approach to new ideas than memorizing facts or listening to presentations – and was much appreciated.
All the students talked about how the experience of a more democratic organization that expects and includes their feedback and participation was a validating – and sometimes challenging – approach but one that resonates particularly well with their generation.
The one-hour program is available for listening/downloading HERE. This is the second time that Co-op Radio and Each for All has featured BCCA’s Co-ops In Schools Program.