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High five for Gilbert Park Youth Co-op
Eight youth sign up for co-op’s inaugural year
Young people in the Gilbert Park area will be able to gain valuable work experience as part of a recently-launched co-op program.
The Gilbert Park Youth Co-op was officially launched July 11.
The aim of the program is to provide support to youth between the ages of 12 and 17 as they develop, implement, and run their own co-operative businesses. They will provide a variety of services including domestic or commercial cleaning, store inventory, lawn care, car washes and interior or exterior painting.
Premier Greg Selinger attended the official launch of the program and noted how members of the community have a history of helping each other.
"There is a strong tradition of volunteers here in Gilbert Park," he said, adding the co-op will allow youth to experience teamwork at an important age.
"This will be a great thing for kids to learn how to co-operate, how to get along with others."
NorWest Co-op board chair Ivan Sabesky said the success of the new co-op will come down to how much participants are willing to invest in the program.
"Success here will not be measured by anyone or anything other than the kids efforts and what they contribute to this," he said.
Eight local youth will comprise this year’s initial crop of co-op members. They will be supported by a full-time staff member and community stakeholders.
Participant Brendon Jackson said he joined the co-op because he wants to be busy this summer.
"And to stay out of trouble," he said.
The co-op will provide services until Aug. 17.
Co-op facilitator Ryan Bowman said the idea behind the co-op is simple.
"It is all about the kids," he said.
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