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Co-op Directive Seeks CUs To Mentor Young Leaders
BERKELEY, Calif. (5/9/13)--The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) is looking for credit union employees to mentor college students who work with food cooperatives.

Mentors will work with projects on campuses in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and California, connecting with students and creating opportunities to expand their younger membership.

Mentors will support small local businesses and connect with the greater co-op community while supporting young leaders as they build a cooperative food movement on college campuses.

Since its national launch in Fall 2010, CoFED has worked with more than 200 students starting or operating cooperative, sustainable food ventures on their campuses.

In August, CoFED will launch a training program for people in the food and cooperative movements. It will recruit six future food movement leaders for an immersive professional development experience. The fellows will support hundreds of students who grow cooperative and sustainable food businesses on their campuses. 

CoFed noted that fellows need expert help from credit union mentors in financial literacy, financial management, and general business development. The time commitment is two hours per month consisting of 20- to 30-minute calls or e-mails with teams and/or regional organizer fellows.

CoFED will feature mentor credit unions on its website. Use the link. Mentors also will have networking opportunities with students and local business partners. 

For more information, e-mail megan@cofed.org
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