CoFED partners with young people of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to build food and land co-ops.

5 Great Reasons to Attend Summer Institute 2016

5 Reasons to Attend Summer Institute 2016

There are so many reasons to apply for Summer Institute, taking place July 26th - August 3rd, but here are our Top 5. Applications are due March 4th, so apply today!


*Our recent webinar gives a great overview of CoFED’s mission and work along with details of what to expect at Summer Institute. You can watch it here.*


1. 100% of participants recommend it.


Every student that attended last year’s Summer Institute reported that they would recommend the program to others. Here’s how some folks described their experience:




“One of the best weeks I’ve ever experienced.”


“Not only incredibly educational and informative, but also transforming and inspiring through all of our new pals from other schools.”


“Leaving this week with joy, gratitude, and hope that I haven't felt in a while.”




2. Your team will receive tailored assistance.


We recognize that your team has unique strengths and challenges, and our staff will apply their wide-ranging expertise to support you in moving forward. Past examples of assistance include grant writing and fundraising, managing group dynamics, engaging community stakeholders, sourcing products, and much more.


“I really loved that all facilitators were available even after sessions to talk.”






3. Student teams achieve real progress.


Because the focus of Summer Institute is to give you practical tools and trainings, your team will leave with clear priorities, an action plan, and the skills, knowledge, and community to make it happen!


Rad Dish at Temple University met the three goals they set at Summer Institute 2015: increase community involvement, revamp membership, and educate others. In collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Rad Dish members put on an awesome community event. They increased their visibility and gained new members, and held a retreat for the team in order to pass along the knowledge learned at Summer Institute.


“We made extensive and tangible to-do lists and calendars that are going to help us successfully apply all of the material we learned.”




4. The foundation of CoFED’s curriculum is racial justice and equity.


Food insecurity in the United States disproportionately affects many marginalized communities. A key part of CoFED trainings is systemic analysis, which looks at food justice, racial justice, and economic justice.


“I was inspired by the articulate conversations about power, equity, systems of oppression and I can't wait to continue those conversations with my co-op.”


“There were several cooperative development organizations that I researched, but CoFED was the ONLY one that spoke to the focus of university/student led projects, and also the only organization ready to address a social justice aspect as well as a focus on young people contributing to this movement.”


“CoFED was the only cooperative developer that was actively engaging with social justice issues. Out of my research they stood out for their stance and impact.”




5. You’ll learn crucial financial and business planning skills while having FUN. (Really!)


Crunching numbers and managing the business side of the co-op can be intimidating and downright repellent to many. Not to worry, CoFED’s tried and true curriculum will walk you through the processes you need to know step-by-step, making it easy and enjoyable to balance your books and organize logistics for a successful food business.


“I never thought I’d say this, but I’m excited to do our finances now!”





6. BONUS:  Summer Institute will be held at an incredible location…Nature Bridge at the Golden Gate Recreation Area!


You’ll experientially learn how to start-up or scale-up your co-op and build new relationships while enjoying the best of the San Francisco Bay Area. Nature Bridge is the premiere environmental education organization, offering immersion in a beautiful environment, along with delicious, healthy food.



If you want to be a leader in the community-owned food movement, we can show you how. Please join us for this truly one-of-a-kind experience. Apply today, and we’ll see you in July!

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