Starting Date: 02-13-2009
Ending Date: 02-16-2009
Santa Cruz, California
United StatesThe Strengthening the Roots: Food, Justice, & Fair Trade Convergence will be held in Santa Cruz, CA from February 13th to the 15th. The convergence is organized by the California Student Sustainability Coalition's Foods Initiative/West Coast Real Food Challenge, United Students for Fair Trade, & the Community Agroecology Network. This regional gathering of students, allies, and other key members of the Fair Trade & Sustainable Food Movement will build upon past accomplishments and serve as a catalyst for regional integration and leadership development. In addition to strengthening the roots of the movement through content explored, the convergence will broaden the leadership community by actively engaging new high school and middle school youth and deepening the commitment of our college level affiliates.
Students will gain skills to act for greater social, environmental, and economic justice in their local communities & institutions, learn from successful models and case studies, build lasting relationships toward future collaborations, and return home with an enriched skill set to foster problem-solving and change-based solutions.
Outcomes of Attendance:
* Develop and strengthen inter-school connections and collaboration in order to deepen and expand the Sustainable Food and Fair Trade movement.
* Increase the number of skilled, knowledgeable, and confident youth leaders throughout the Western United States.
* Integrate Fair Trade & Sustainable Food based initiatives in an effort to foster new partnerships toward creating more just and sustainable communities and institutions.
* Forming relationships, lighting fires, and having fun!
The Convergence will provide an opportunity for students and allies to build relationships with each other and with those within the Fair Trade & Sustainable Food movements whose ideals and goals are similar. It can revitalize and motivate, which is necessary to cultivate healthy and happy activists. Students will leave the Convergence with a greater sense of solidarity and with a deeper com mitment to the movement. USFT & CSSC will share their creativity and experience to provide the resources necessary for action in local communities and around the world.
It will be the largest regional meeting in CA exclusively dedicated to students and young leaders working on Fair Trade and Sustainable Food. The convergence will be a rallying point that will inspire continued engagement throughout the 2008-2009 school year!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For more information about the California Student Sustainability Coalition, click here.
For more information about the Community Agroecology Network, click here.
For more information about the Real Food Challenge, click here.
Early registration (before February 1) is $25, which can be paid at the time of the convergence. Registration after February 1 is $35. This covers most meals and all programming for the weekend. Checks should be made out to Tides Center/USFT
Geographical Scope: Regional