Slow Food Youth Canada Network Structure Options

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1. Operate SFY groups Under Local Convivium (SF Nova Scotia, SF Calgary etc.) (Best model for groups smaller than 12 SF members starting out)

1.1. Slow Food Calgary

1.1.1. SFY Calagary

1.2. Pros

1.2.1. Minimum membership (12 at beginning, 20 by end of year) for convivia easier to reach because member totals would be youth + adult memberships

1.2.2. get started right away

1.2.3. no bank account setup

1.2.4. no formal organization registration (Not for Profit ) required

1.2.5. good communication and mentorship from partner convivium

1.2.6. no paperwork

1.2.7. shared insurance?

1.3. Cons

1.3.1. Negotations would be between youth and SF convivium for how youth fit in

1.3.1.1. For example: Policy could to be formed in convivium budget youth funds separately

1.3.1.2. Youth may want to have voting position on local conviva board as they would not be automatically on the board or in decision making role within the convivia

1.3.1.3. potentially have less youth control

2. Operate as SF Youth Convivia (just like every other convivia in Canada) Best structure for larger youth groups.

2.1. Slow Food Youth Annapolis Valley

2.2. Pros:

2.2.1. More Control

2.2.1.1. Accept donations and grants directly as NFP

2.2.1.2. Collect membership fees directly (possibly doable under another convivum)

2.2.1.3. own board of directors

2.3. Cons:

2.3.1. Currently: Min number of members (12 to start, 20 by end of year)

2.3.2. Likely requires: provincial NFP society registration, bank account etc.

2.3.3. Purchase own insurance for events

3. Operate as SFY Groups under one national Canadian SFY Convivium. (I think it's the ideal model once the network grows)

3.1. Slow Food Youth Canada

3.1.1. SFY Annapolis Valley

3.1.2. SFY Calgary

3.2. Pros:

3.2.1. Puts Youth in National Leadership Roles

3.2.2. Minimum membership easier to reach as all youth members become part of Canada Slow Food Youth Convium

3.2.3. National group is responsible for monitoring and keeping track of youth groups

3.2.4. Shared costs of registration expenses, insurance, coordination through youth network

3.3. Cons:

3.3.1. Requires national management

3.3.2. Requires national NFP registration

3.3.3. Requires permission from Slow Food International possibly? As convivia are not supposed to be that spreadout geographically

4. Suggested Next Steps (June 1st, 2015)

4.1. As an informal network, we set our own yearly priorities. "Food Waste" was idenfied as a good topic to kick-off SFYCanada

4.2. Operate under local convivia or start own convivium depending on size of membership

4.3. Work toward exploring national youth convivia. I think this will allow us to grow the fastest with our spread out population.

4.3.1. For example, in Germany national youth convivium means that convivia start with only a few members, but still have big impact. Germany, Duesseldorf SFY, 5 people host events for thousands

4.3.2. Make it so not every youth group has to start their own convivium and NFP

4.3.3. More political and funding potential

5. Operate through campus groups

5.1. University of Guelph Slow Food

5.2. Pros:

5.2.1. Lower membership fee ($10 - $5 to SF International, $5 to the campus group)

5.2.2. More control over events and budget

5.2.3. Own board of directors (2 faculty, 5 students)

5.2.4. Insurance is through the school

5.2.5. High youth population on campus, easy to find youth to target for membership

5.3. Cons:

5.3.1. May have to follow additional guidelines the school sets out (Ex: UofG has to get events approved by student association)

5.3.2. Need minimum 10 people in first year, 20 people in second year

5.3.3. $100 annual convivium registration fee