CoFED inspiregizes future food co-op leaders across North America. We support students with training and tools, and connect them with peers, mentors, and allies in a solidarity network.

Summer Co-op Academy

Learn about co-ops for collective liberation! 

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

-Assata Shakur

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The next Summer Co-op Academy (SCA) will take place Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2017 at the esteemed Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN.

Applications will remain open until March 15, 2017. Please read our application guide before applying. Email Hnin@cofed.org for more info. 

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Scholarships & Cost of Registration

Your team has several places to turn to for scholarship and funding:

  1. Funding from your college can be obtained through campus funds such as student clubs, student government, office of Student Affairs, sustainability commitments, academic departments' conference and travel budgets, etc. CoFED staff can share tips based on what previous SCA participants have done.
  2. Scholarships may be available through the Ralph K. Morris Foundation Cooperative Leadership Fund. Please visit their website at www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org for more information.
  3. CoFED Scholarships are need-based. We offer limited full and partial scholarships to teams with students who are: low-income, people of color, LGBTQ2S, people with disabilities, immigrants, formerly incarcerated, returning students, women, working, and/or has dependents.
CoFED is committed to making SCA as accessible and equitable as possible. To make SCA affordable for everyone, please pay what you can. The full cost of registration is $1500/person and includes all housing, food, and ground transportation during the program. Registration does not include transportation to the program’s host city, but airport pickup/dropoff is available. Our suggested sliding scale, per person is as follows:

$200        Annual household income of $40,000 or less
$350   Annual household income between $40,001 - $60,000
$500   Annual household income between $60,001 - $80,000
$750   Annual household income between $80,001 - $100,000
$1,500    Annual household income of $100,000 or more

Please note that CoFED dues-paying members also enjoy a 10% discount. 

 

Education as the practice of freedom.

You have a right to quality education that supports you to become your best self, unlearn systems of oppression, and to build a new economy that empowers you and your community. Drawing inspiration from Freedom Schools, CoFED Summer Co-op Academy (SCA) is a cooperative business boot camp that promotes education for transformation and liberation. It is a week-long, life-changing experience where college students like you can learn more about decolonizing our food system and building student food co-ops with a triple bottom line of food sovereignty, sustainability and social justice. At SCA, you'll meet other social justice warriors who are interested in student food co-ops: what they are, why they're important, and how you can build one to grow your community's access to fresh, affordable food. Whether you've never heard of co-ops before or you've been a food co-op member for years, you'll benefit from a cohort of fellow (un)learners to help you build and grow student food co-ops for collective liberation. Through shared political education, you'll also build power with a growing movement of young people who are divesting from racist, classist, and sexist extractive economies and reinvesting in local, equitable and democratic solutions that benefit the people and planet. Our unique curriculum forefronts racial and economic equity at the core of cooperative development.

All the tools you need to build your vision.

Summer Co-op Academy helps you sharpen your business acumen and organizing skills to catalyze your vision for social justice. Our graduates have started all types of student food co-ops, from bulk-buying clubs to cafes and grocery stores. During your time with us, you'll work with dedicated facilitators and meet seasoned cooperative developers to build on your unique gifts and talents and take your vision and impact to the next level. As a young person inheriting social injustices that you didn't create or decide, you know it's not enough to stay woke. SCA is designed to expand your toolbox in the struggle against globally dominant systems and cultures of oppression, from the prison-industrial-complex to colonization to corporate control of everything from our food system to our democracy. Now more than ever, the world needs you and all that you have to offer. We hope you'll take the connections, experiences, and tools you gain at Summer Co-op Academy wherever your truth and vision leads you.

Invest in your leadership with us!

Leadership is the courage to be who you are in a world that constantly tells you to be someone else or tries to snuff you out. It's daring to love yourself and others, to challenge the status quo and throw down for collective liberation. Since 2015, we've practiced a community of care and supported more than 30 students from all across the US to bring their full selves and loving leadership to start or scale local food co-ops. Join our grassroots community of next generation leaders by applying to Summer Co-op Academy today! Full and partial scholarships are available, and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

The deadline to apply to SCA 2017 is March 15, 2017. Please read our application guide before applying. Email Hnin@cofed.org for more info.

 

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