What does the Youth Network do?

Youth Executive Committee in Kuala Lumpur

The Cooperative Youth Network works with cooperatives around the world to help them develop strategies to promote youth employment - to give young people better jobs, and to make sure that cooperatives employ them, keep them in work, and give them the chance to progress.

It is also working to improve legal and administrative requirements for cooperatives, ensuring better working conditions, education and training and access to social protection and rights at work. 

The Network is here to:

  • Represent youth who are interested in cooperatives and cooperation
  • Connect youth by creating spaces for reflection, discussion and training 
  • Advise youth by facilitating opportunities to promote time and space for reflection, discussion, exchange, research and training.


The network also

  • helps young cooperators from different countries connect, share experiences and ideas;
  • provides an environment where young cooperators can learn more about the wider cooperative movement;
  • involves young people from outside the movement through education and support;
  • empowers young cooperators to engage with the rest of the movement to both raise the profile of youth issues and to ensure the youth perspective is presented during wider discussions


Important work being done includes the forthcoming Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship 2020 (GYF20) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, from 3-7 February 2020. This will include quality training sessions, with 40 trainers on hand to help young cooperators develop their skills. Training sessions will be structured around the following 10 themes: IT and social media; social issues; environmental issues; SDGs; business models; methodologies (Training of Trainers, storytelling); Law; Finance; Leadership, Management and HR; and networking.

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