Our Fair Trade Ambassador Program started in 2007 to provide experiential education in Fair Trade to selected high school students. Our hope is that they will develop an enduring commitment to Fair Trade and its principles, and in turn educate their peers.
A group of juniors is selected each fall from area high schools. The students volunteer in the store, attend coursework sessions on Fair Trade topics, give a presentation at their school, and at the end of the program, go on a trip to visit other Fair Trade organizations in the region.
According to one of our Ambassadors after she completed the program, “The experience has been the most valuable of my high school years for it has shaped the person I wish to become.”
For several months during the school year, Ambassadors are immersed in the triumphs and challenges of Fair Trade. They meet monthly to learn; volunteer in the store; and share what they are learning at their respective schools. Throughout its history, this program has touched the minds and hearts of over 70 participants. We hope that what our Ambassadors learn and experience at Just Creations will spark a passion for social and economic justice and a life-long commitment to Fair Trade!
This program received the 2010 Best Public Education Program award from the Fair Trade Federation!