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Youth Leadership and Mentorship Program

Support Mentorships Between Young Producers and Agriculture Industry Leaders

The Youth Leadership and Mentorship initiative provides funding to industry associations in Saskatchewan to support mentorships between young producers and industry leaders.

The goal is to help young producers gain valuable experience, take advantage of networking opportunities and develop the skills to become future industry leaders.

  • The industry association coordinates the mentorships and reports to the ministry.
  • Young producers should apply to the appropriate industry association to participate.
  • Mentors must be approved by the administering association.

1. Guidance

Industry Associations - Industry associations are expected to:

  • promote the initiative;
  • find appropriate mentors;
  • receive and approve applications from interested young producers;
  • provide payments for eligible expenses; and
  • provide invoicing and reporting to the Ministry.


An industry association will receive up to $4,000 per mentorship based on paid receipts.  The industry association may apply for up to five mentorship opportunities per year and may receive funding for administration costs at a rate of 10 per cent of the mentorships' costs. Funding is available until March 31, 2018.

Eligible expenses include registration fees and travel expenses to attend industry events (hotel, accommodation, air fare or mileage).


2. Eligibility

Industry associations coordinating mentorships can apply for up to five mentorship opportunities per year.

Mentors - must be approved by the administrating association and be:

  • viewed with high regard within the industry;
  • have board and leadership experience; and
  • able to commit time to the young producer.

Young Producers

A young producer must apply to the industry association to participate in the program and should:

  • Be between 18 and 39 years of age;
  • Have clear leadership goals and objectives; and
  • Be an active agricultural producer who exhibits leadership potential.


3. How To Apply

To apply for the Youth Leadership and Mentorship Program, fill out an application and submit it to by March 31, 2017.

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