Chicago Fair Trade has always prioritized youth leaders and through our partnership with After School Matters, we will be reaching teens all through the city, expanding our reach.
Taught by two CFT board members, Andrea Dennis and Michelle Thomas, Build Your Brand will feature 30 entrepreneurial teens from the city of Chicago. Including 6 Saturday classes and a Spring into Action-a week of social justice focused immersion courses, teens will learn about fair trade and gain valuable business skills while earning a stipend.
Generation Z is leading the way and we are here to support them! Consider this…90% of Generation Z consumers believe that companies should be addressing environmental and social issues (McKinsey & Company), and 72% believe that racial equality is the most important issue today (World Economic Forum). At Chicago Fair Trade, we want to support Generation Z in bringing about the revolution in business the world needs. We have started an apprenticeship program through After School Matters for Chicago teens aspiring to be ethical entrepreneurs. We can’t wait to see the magic that happens when creative ambitious teens are paired with the support of passionate and committed fair trade leaders. The first round of “Build Your Brand” starts this Spring, and we’re here for it!