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Coop’Art – the International Co-operative Alliance wants your help!

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The ICA wants your help to promote the values and principles of co-operation among young people and raise their awareness about the co-operative movement worldwide! Young people with artistic talent, who are aged between 16 and 35, can enter the Coop’Art competition in three categories: music, video and photography.

Participants will be able to submit their entries on a dedicated web page between November 2011 and May 2012, with winners invited to an award ceremony in Manchester in 2012.

The ICA is calling for co-operators throughout the world to engage young people in the co-operative movement and to invest in their future leadership ahead of the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012, and the theme of this year’s International Day of Co-operatives, which is being held on 2 July, is ‘Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise.

The ICA’s focus on youth also coincides with the United Nations Year of Youth, which concludes in August, highlighting how the co-operative model of enterprise can successfully empower young people at a time when many young people do not learn about co-operatives in school or even realise that some of the goods and services they use are provided by co-operatives.

The International Day of Co-operatives addresses the need for all co-operative stakeholders to promote the participation of young people in the co-operative movement. Co-operatives can provide young people opportunities that address their practical and strategic needs, offering them a model of enterprise to create their own businesses and opportunities to be employed in enterprises that address their concerns for more democratic, responsible and ethical business operations. The ICA is looking at how co-operatives can help young people gain professional employment experiences, further their education and provide capacity building and encourage participation in decision-making.

The ICA has an active Youth Network, which aims to:

  • Help young co-operators from different countries to connect and to share experiences and ideas.
  • Provide an environment where young co-operators can learn more about the wider co-operative movement.
  • Involve young people from outside the movement through education and support.
  • Empower young co-operators 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.

For more information about the ICA and youth visit