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CIS Events

CIS events take place during September – April.

  1. Co-op Crawl - The introductory, kick-off event. Typically, a full day event held in October in each sponsored region. In some areas, this is a school field trip; in others it may be scheduled during a Professional Development Day. Touring three different co-op locales in each region, the crawl offers post-secondary and high school students in the program a first hand view of diverse local co-ops to see this model in action and to meet and talk to co-operators in their community.
     
  2. High school Co-op Club - Post-secondary students facilitate weekly co-operative and social economy activities for - and with - high school students throughout the school year. Students will explore the idea of co-operation, learn the 7 international principles that underlie the co-op model and the Triple Bottom Line of People-Profit-Planet.  They will then see how these ideas come together in co-operative enterprise. Finally, they will apply this new knowledge to analyse and compete in a Case Co-opetition (Year A) or develop and pitch their own club’s new idea in a Business Plan Challenge (Year B).
     
  3. Co-ops 101 Session -   After being trained by BCCA staff and other co-op professionals, post-secondary student mentees deliver co-operatively themed presentations in each partner high school. These presentations may take place in class or outside of class time, depending on teacher and school preference. They provide an excellent introduction to the basics of co-op enterprise for students who might want to join the club and also for classes with a curricular tie to the subject.
     
  4. Mentoring SessionsCollaborative and dynamic one-on-one coaching sessions/check-ins monthly between co-op professional and post-secondary students. Meetings are arranged at mutually convenient times during the school year and can be in person, phone, via Skype or email.
     
  5. Mentorship Kickoff EventMentors & Mentees in each region meet as a group to be guided through introductions, goal setting, a review of expectations, and to start the mentorship off on the right foot.
     
  6. Mentorship Millennial Event - Mentees in each region work together to prepare and deliver a presentation for their group of mentors. The event fosters networking and reverse mentoring.  Typically held during an evening in February.
     
  7. Wrap-up EventHeld in each region and scheduled for an evening in March/April. Mentors and mentees participate in networking sessions and panel discussions. Sponsors and participants are recognized.
     
  8. Case Co-opetition Challenge* - Students from the Co-op Clubs - guided by their post-secondary student coaches, and with resources from BCCA - work in teams to analyze a co-op sector case study. The teams develop and submit their findings to a panel of co-op sector judges. Takes place February to April of Year A.
     
  9. Co-op Business Plan Challenge* -  Working in groups through their Co-op Club, supported by their post-secondary student mentors - and with guidance from a panel of Co-op Experts - high school students imagine a new co-op enterprise and write a business plan to pitch their idea. Takes place February – April of Year B.
    *Held on Alternating years