Youth Programs

Creative Self Employment Program

  • Do you have a great idea that would be fun and make you some money?
  • Are you a student?
  • Do you want to start your own business?
  • Be your own boss?

We can help you!

The Creative Self Employment Program is designed to assist students and youth in our region to turn their ideas into jobs. We help by providing tools and resources to youth who with to start, grow and fund their businesses.

Contact our (subject: Creative%20Self%20Employment%20Program) (Creative Self Employment team) today to get started! 

Youth Client Info sheet  

Click the links below to download our templates:

Business Plan Template
Financial Projection Template

Youth and Student Business Loans

Why work for someone else if you can work for yourself? If you want to turn your passion or hobby into a business - your options are endless!

We have two youth loan products:


  • Ideal for students in grades 9 - 12, or those enrolled full-time in a post-secondary institution
  • Must be aged 14+
  • Interest free loans up to $3,000 (some restrictions apply) 
  • Loans up to $10,000:
         -  Interest free from May 1 - October 31
         -  Prime + 2% for loans carried after October 31


  • For youth 18 - 29 Years of age who are not attending school full time
  • Loans up to $25,000
  • Prime +2% interest rate

Download more information HERE


Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp

The Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp (RAYEC) is a one week business planning camp for youth aged 13-15 designed to improve business, academic and life skills through entrepreneurship.  AYEC creates an opportunity for regional youth to gain valuable transferable entrepreneurial skills by participating in experiential recreational activities while enjoying the traditional summer camp experience.

Held at Eagles Nest Ranch in the Cypress Hills, Alberta, this one week entrepreneurial-based camp combines the education of business training with a summer camp atmosphere. Campers hear from guest speakers and participate in workshops to learn the components of a business plan such as marketing, advertising, cash flow and record keeping. Youth are put into business teams where they plan a business idea, meet with suppliers and bankers, build a product and on the final day of camp these youthful business ventures are showcased for parents during business day. Campers pay back their business loans and split their profits amongst their business team.

It’s not only about numbers and business plans though. These youth get to participate in a variety of summer camp experiences and recreational activities. Zipline, archery, wall climbing and paint ball - just a few examples of activities the youth get involved in.

An additional component to AYEC is the Youth Leadership Training Program.  Each year, 10 youth who have previously attended the camp to attend the camp in a different capacity - to provide mentorship to campers. Youth leadership trainees benefit in the development of leadership capability, team building skills and community spirit.

Each year, Community Futures Highwood sends six youth from our region.  Camper scholarships  are sponsored by local businesses and organizations  Youth applicants are required to submit an essay outlining why they would be a good candidate for the camp and are expected to contribute some volunteer hours with the sponsoring company/organization.  This could include volunteering at a company event or making a presentation after the camp.
If you have any questions – contact Community Futures Highwood at

To apply online and for more information, visit the camp web page - or Facebook





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Community Futures Highwood
14 McRae Street
PO Box 1599
Okotoks, AB T1S 1B5


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