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Teens Educate Parish, Sell Fair Trade Products

Through a fair trade coffeehouse event and music artist contest, we educated our parish about fair trade and offered just purchasing choices. During Advent, our parish, Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach, FL, offered a fair trade coffeehouse event for the whole parish and wider community utilizing free materials found at ethicaltrade.crs.org. The day included a sale of fresh-brewed and bagged coffee, chocolate and handcrafts, all fair trade certified, and all of which make great Christmas presents. We taught teens ahead of time about fair trade, and had them run the program from the stage, educating those present on Catholic social teaching, fair trade, and Catholic Relief Services. We used many CRS resources, including videos and presentations (“From Crop to Cup” is a great demonstration of how fair trade works and why it matters). We hosted a Catholic music artist concert the same night to encourage people to learn about and buy fair trade products.