Why should organizations sponsor local youth to attend the ACCA Youth Leadership Program?

The ACCA Co-operative Youth Leadership Program transforms youth into confident, knowledgeable and open minded young leaders. The volunteer staff and returning participants encourage an atmosphere of compassion for peers, for the planet and to provokes new perspectives on a variety of issues that affect the participant’s community.

By sponsoring a youth to attend this eye opening experience, you are empowering them to create their own path in life, and to lead their friends, their 4-H groups, their schools, their communities and everyone they know down the road to a better and brighter world.

It may sound too good to be true – a week in the Rocky Mountains and hundreds of youth return home ready to tackle anything. Introverted individuals, team captains, and class clowns all have a place in the ACCA Co-operative Youth Leadership Program and by sponsoring them to attend, you are giving them a sense of belonging during a stage of their life where most feel uncertain and self-conscious.

This program motivates youth with living examples of how local co-operative and agricultural organizations are influential key players in building and maintaining communities which reflects positively on sponsors. These participants come back from the program with an understanding of the co-op difference and the benefits and responsibilities of membership. Many of these youth will become active members in your co-op or credit union and active volunteers and influencers in their community.

This week-long experience is the catalyst for youth realizing the possibilities for their future and the future of our world.

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Are you an organization ready to sponsor?

Do you have sponsorship dollars but are experiencing trouble connecting with local youth? Try to partner with a Jr. High or High School and offer the sponsorship as part of a leadership scholarship! The school will be appreciative of your interest and involvement, and the teaching staff can help you recruit a student.

You can also contact Liane Courchesne the Youth Program Coordinator 780.991.4620 or lcourchesne@acca.coop who can send you promotional material for your office or community bulletins. We can also help match sponsors with participants seeking support. Our sponsor organizations make a world of difference by investing in youth today, they ensure their communities stay vibrant and active for many years to come.