The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association is passionate about providing opportunities for youth to excel. We offer a range of programs that support youth to reach their potential and to play a role in strengthening communities!
The Co-operative Youth Leadership Program
ACCA’s Co-operative Youth Leadership Program provides an opportunity for youth to develop their leadership and teamwork skills. It is designed to give youth independence and confidence in their abilities while creating lasting friendships.
These seven day programs take place at Goldeye Centre, located near Nordegg, Alberta in the summer every year. This beautiful, remote setting provides the perfect environment to build friendships, discover hidden talents, learn new skills, gain a positive view of the world, and contribute to their own future.
The Possibilities Are Unlimited!
This isn’t just a ‘summer camp,’ though with all the friendship and fresh air, it of course has a big camp feel.
Our youth program is staffed by dedicated, trained and first aid certified volunteer facilitators, who put their all into making the experience one that youth of all backgrounds and comfort zones can grow from.
From our pre-teen program with 11 and 12 year olds, all the way up to our grad program for 17 and 18 year olds, we equip youth with:
- Lessons on building and maintaining strong self esteem
- Better understanding of personal goals and values
- Greater empathy and understanding of others
- Challenges that expand personal comfort zones
- Leadership skills and confidence
- Team building and problem solving skills
- Opportunities to shine in front of their peers
- Tools for better communication and stronger public speaking
- Basic democratic principles and practices, working cooperatively
- Information and circumstances that lead to starting up, running and distributing the profits of a co-op business
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Each program is staffed by a fully trained group of adults. Our staff teams are made up of qualified employees of co-operatives, credit unions, other youth and agricultural organizations as well as program alumni. In addition to their own qualifications and skills, all staff must complete a screening process including a criminal records check, attain First Aid and CPR certification, and complete a minimum 48 hour on-site staff training before they are approved to staff at the program.
We strive to find the most enthusiastic individuals to staff at our programs, and we are so lucky that they don’t mind putting in long hours to make the week an incredible experience. The program is renowned for the commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers, some years we have more volunteer applications than we have spots. If you want to volunteer with the program, get in touch with our Youth Program Coordinator, Liane by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.