More than 40 teenagers from across North Carolina immersed themselves in the cooperative world at the annual Co-op Leadership Camp (CLC) in June. CLC, a program of the Cooperative Council of NC, is a week-long, overnight camp for youth, held at the NC FFA Center at White Lake, NC.
The event raises awareness of and appreciation for the cooperative business model among young people through a mock t-shirt co-op the teens organize. The group works collaboratively to shape the bylaws and policies that govern the co-op, elect board representatives and make decisions about operational issues.
Emily Nail, the executive director of the Cooperative Council, sat down with five of the teens to get their impressions of the camp and the t-shirt cooperative. You can view their conversation in the videos above. To learn more about the camp, please click here to go to the Council’s CLC web page.