What is IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for
This one-of-a-kind program focuses on empowering university and college students to be real and effective agents for change in their communities, organizations and businesses. Its national scope inspires a diverse range of students with a passion for sustainability and provides a unique blend of talents and skills.
From the moment you visit our web-site, you will be inspired by our alumni's community projects, find out about
The Co-operators IMPACT! Fund, and learn about our partners. Once accepted to participate at the 3-day conference, students engage in pre-conference learning with IMPACT! alumni facilitators and can begin networking. After the conference IMPACT! alumni benefit from a dedicated forum for ongoing exchanges, lead sustainability projects, are eligible to apply for seed funding for projects, are offered various opportunities by our partners and continue to access sustainability leaders via webinar.
- Pre-conference engagement
- Post-conference community engagement
- Cornerstone 3-day conference
- Post-conference webinars
- The Co-operators IMPACT! Fund
- IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training
David Suzuki, our 2009 and 2011 keynote speaker, had this to say about IMPACT!
"I'm thrilled to remain involved with The Co-operators Group and this group of extraordinary young people that I met for such a brief time in Guelph. I want to congratulate The Co-operators Group for initiating this program and identifying youth as an important group to really encourage and involve in working towards a better future for all."
…and about the IMPACT! Fund
"For those who were able to get grants from The Co-operators Group and actually get their hands dirty by diving in and trying to implement a project, what a great way to really learn about what the environmental challenges are all about."