#CoopYouth Webinar with U.S. Department of Agriculture

A few months ago, Hnin W. Hnin, CoFED’s Co-Director, joined other co-op leaders for a discussion hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the role of young people in the co-op movement. 

You can check out that entire recorded discussion here. Enter your email and info at the link to access the webinar. 


  • Hnin W. Hnin, Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, New York
  • Morgan Crawford, North American Students of Cooperation, New York
  • Jesus Lucero, USA Cooperative Youth Council, Minnesota

Cooperative history is rich with diversity spanning race, economic background, gender, and business sectors. The movement has largely focused on gaining customers and credibility within the broader world to be recognized as a legitimate business having long-standing social impacts. However, as we’ve advanced forward, we’ve largely forgotten to look back. 

This webinar seeks to provide context and stories about one group that has been left behind in the conversation: the youth. 



After our initial overview, we will explore the journey of three young cooperators and their work advancing the coop youth movement across the U.S. This discussion will serve as the end of a series of webinars discussing various aspects of the cooperative movement as we begin to look towards our future and those that will be serving in leadership capabilities across boards, sectors, and organizations. 

Check out the recorded discussion here