|Ways to pray, learn and share: Youth
Do you want to use your voice to be one of a million Catholics committed to confronting global poverty? Use these ideas to learn, pray, and act to help make a difference!
- Learn about issues related to global poverty—like foreign aid, peace, debt, trade, natural resources, climate change, and immigration—by listening to the podcasts and reading the stories at usccb.org/globalpoverty.
- "Face the Fast" by participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Food Fast, a 24-hour hunger awareness program for Catholic youth. Through Food Fast, you can learn about issues faced by your peers in the developing world and share your perspectives and knowledge with others.
- Visit the Faithful Citizenship Young Catholics website at faithfulcitizenship.org/youth to learn about how to be a “faithful citizen” who works to address issues affecting the poor and vulnerable.
- Get together with some friends and watch the DVD, The Line in the Sand: Stories from the U.S. Mexico Border (available at crs.org/dramaproject/), a stage drama by Villanova University theater students, to learn about immigration and poverty.
- Write a prayer about global poverty and say it before you go to bed each night.
- Get together a group of friends to say a rosary for global poverty. Pray each decade for one of the issues related to global poverty found at usccb.org/globalpoverty.
- Use the book Prayer without Borders, Celebrating Global Wisdom (edited by Barbara Ballenger, Catholic Relief Services, 2004) to pray with and for persons in poverty.
- At usccb.org/globalpoverty, sign up to be one of the million Catholic voices raised up to confront global poverty. Signing up will keep you posted about ways you can be involved in Catholics Confront Global Poverty.
- Put a posting about global poverty on your Facebook or MySpace page. Tell your friends to visit usccb.org/globalpoverty and sign up to join Catholics Confront Global Poverty.
- Use your artistic skills to educate others about global poverty. Write a poem or song or create a drawing or video to educate others about poverty.
- Find out if your church or school brews coffee that is “Fair Trade certified”. This certification means that the producers are part of a poverty alleviation program that guarantees producers a fair wage. If it isn’t “Fair Trade certified,” go to crsfairtrade.org to find out more and then meet with the person who purchases coffee at your church or school to tell him or her what you learned.
- Visit the Youth Advocate page at usccb.org/sdwp/yaryouth.shtml for ideas on how to be a voice for those who are poor in your community and in the world.