SASKATOON, July 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Co-operators today announced a
grant of $15,000 to Saskatoon's Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-operative
(CNYC). The funding will support CNYC's "Growing Our Future" project,
which will provide opportunities for inner-city youth in Saskatoon to
develop skills and knowledge related to sustainable food production.
The grant is provided through The Co-operators Foundation Community
Economic Development Fund.
Established in 1996, the CNYC helps primarily aboriginal youth build
skills and access education outside of the regular school system and
workforce. It provides opportunities to develop skills through hands-on
programming and community outreach, and promotes cooperation,
sustainability, leadership skills and environmental principles.
The "Growing Our Future" project will accept 25 to 30 youth from inner
city Saskatoon between the ages of 15 and 25. Participants will learn
about horticulture, the environment, raised bed gardening, composting,
canning, preserving and aquaponics - a sustainable food production
system combining raising aquatic animals with cultivating plants in
"Thanks in large part to the funds we received from The Co-operators,
CNYC has been able to leap-frog our projections for a sustainable,
economically viable youth-run greenhouse and aquaponics system," said
Dave Shanks, Executive Director Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-operative.
In partnership with the Saskatoon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, we
have already engaged 5 under-served youth in the project, and have seen
a remarkable spike in interest from the community in general in what is
happening here. The skills that the youth are learning in the
greenhouse will directly transfer into employment skills enabling them
to either continue with the 'Growing our Future' project, or find
meaningful, sustainable employment in the horticulture industry. Best
of all… they are having fun at the same time."
The Co-operators Community Economic Development Fund was established in
1995 to support programs and organizations that help disadvantaged
people gain skills and move toward self-reliance. The fund is part of
The Co-operators Foundation which supports social enterprises,
co-operatives, charitable organizations, and non-profits throughout
About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian-owned co-operative with
more than $34 billion in assets under administration. Through its group
of companies it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and
farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is
well known for its community involvement and its commitment to
sustainability. The Co-operators is listed among the 50 Best Employers
in Canada by Aon Hewitt; Corporate Knights' Best 50 Corporate Citizens
in Canada; and the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada
by Sustainalytics and Maclean's magazine. For more information visit www.cooperators.ca.
SOURCE: The Co-operators
For further information:
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op