In a recent blog post, we talked about the importance of rooting youth work in the priorities that young people identify themselves, and how that has led us to amplify our work around climate change. But climate change isn’t the only issue that young people care about.

In the same survey, the issues that ranked third and fourth in importance to young people, behind climate change and war, were inequality and poverty. Digging deeper, 43% of respondents cited “income” as the greatest cause of inequality in their respective countries.

At a time when global inequality is on the rise, young people rightfully understand that unless they can earn a decent, family-supporting income, they will not feel secure or be able to ensure a better life for their own children. However, they’re not just sitting around waiting for someone else to fix the problem; the most popular answer in terms of who has the greatest role to play in improving the world was “individuals,” as opposed to government or business.

This data fits a clear pattern we have seen in the work of Coffee Kids: participants are hungry for economic opportunity and they’re willing to work for it. With the right supports, young farmers can develop coffee-related businesses as well as diversify their crops, both of which allow them to stay in coffee farming even as prices fluctuate. At the same time, they can incorporate new agricultural practices to boost their yield, effectively increasing their take-home pay.

Young people care about inequality because it is growing rapidly, trapping hundreds of millions of people around the world in poverty. It is a major factor in the global migrant and refugee crisis, and a threat to our democracies and our economies. And it is a moral crisis–what is the point of the technological revolution we have been through in the past three decades if not to improve lives?

Coffee Kids programs are nowhere near large enough to take on global inequality, but they do offer a model for other interventions: learn directly from participants what they need, give participants the tools and training to seize the opportunities all around them, and strengthen the links between work and wages.

Perhaps other organizations and leaders around the world should consider a splash of Coffee Kids in their cup.