Outside The Classroom

Co-operative Minds is available for youth programming and provides opportunities to teach transferable skills, leadership and team-building, while connecting young people with community partners. To find out more about how to add Co-operative Minds to your youth programming, contact us at our.team@cooperativeminds.ca

Our Testimonials

Brett Manlow

Teacher at Centennial Secondary School, Belleville, Ontario

“Doing the Co-operative Minds challenge with Ontario Co-operative Association was like seeing butterflies come out of their cocoon. An authentic challenge like this one was a great opportunity for students to safely take a risk and stretch them out of their comfort zone as they problem solved a real challenge facing CYL. The process was clearly laid out and easy to facilitate. I was impressed with the student’s ability to take on other perspectives and build empathy for players involved in the program. When it came to presenting to the organization I couldn’t believe how great the students were at pitching their solution and clearly explaining their thinking. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants an authentic challenge that will build student confidence and develop leadership skills they can carry with them.”

Carol Fleming

Director, Co-operative Young Leaders Camp, Ontario, Canada

“Facilitating and participating in the Co-operative Minds program this summer was fun, insightful and a wonderful opportunity to work with youth.  Co-operative Minds is an interactive and guided learning program for youth with an emphasis on problem solving.  A real life challenge is presented and youth are asked to use their imagination and think outside of the box to solve the challenge. The process is clearly defined and all participants were eager to take on the challenge and share their thoughts and ideas with others.  I am very happy to add the Co-operative Minds program to the CYL curriculum for all of our participants and facilitators next summer.” 

Brett Manlow

Teacher at Centennial Secondary School, Belleville, Ontario

“Doing the Co-operative Minds challenge with Ontario Co-operative Association was like seeing butterflies come out of their cocoon. An authentic challenge like this one was a great opportunity for students to safely take a risk and stretch them out of their comfort zone as they problem solved a real challenge facing CYL. The process was clearly laid out and easy to facilitate. I was impressed with the student’s ability to take on other perspectives and build empathy for players involved in the program. When it came to presenting to the organization I couldn’t believe how great the students were at pitching their solution and clearly explaining their thinking. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants an authentic challenge that will build student confidence and develop leadership skills they can carry with them.”