100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ to host Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

With youth unemployment in Dallas one of the highest in the nation, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will host an unprecedented day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas, kicking off a long-term effort to hire and engage young people facing barriers to education and employment

More than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews and local opportunities available with top companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Macy’s, Chipotle, Five Guys, Walmart and more; Hundreds of on-the-spot job offers expected

Coalition aims to hire 1 million Opportunity Youth across the U.S. by 2020

DALLAS, TX, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — With nearly 13 percent of youth not in school or the workforce – an estimated 109,000 young men and women – the Dallas metro area now has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation[1]. In response, a national coalition of over 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair –  an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who are not in school and unemployed. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Dominos, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart.

Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event.

“FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100K opportunities coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.”

“JCPenney is proud to be one of the founding members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition and we are in awe of the tremendous progress the cause has achieved in just under two years. We are excited for the next Opportunity & Job Fair to be hosted in our hometown of Dallas, home to a dynamic and thriving retail community,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing our support of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative by engaging young job seekers to join the JCPenney stores team.”

Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy[2], the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success.

“Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities, and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Since working with the employer community to launch the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.”

“Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city we work and live.”

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent[3], disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, City Square and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run.

“Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.”

“We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.”

“We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas.  The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair
Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Dallas. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day.

Building the Nation’s Largest Employer-Led Initiative for Opportunity Youth
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than  50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton WorldWide, HMS Host, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support including FedEx, HMS Host, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation.

As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities InitiativeTM will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career.  For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at http://bit.ly/2oIozpo.

Media interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting media@100kOpportunities.org.

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[1] Measure of America, Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps (March 8, 2017)

[2] Measure of America, Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps (March 8, 2017)

[3] Measure of America, Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps (March 8, 2017)

100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ to host day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas on Friday, May 19

100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ to host day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas on Friday, May 19

 

  • With youth unemployment in Dallas one of the highest in the nation, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will host an unprecedented day-long jobs and resource fair in Dallas, kicking off a long-term effort to hire and engage young people facing barriers to education and employment
  • More than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews and local opportunities available with top companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Macy’s, Chipotle, Five Guys, Walmart and more; hundreds of on-the-spot job offers expected
  • Coalition aims to hire 1 million Opportunity Youth across the U.S. by 2020

DALLAS, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — With an estimated 109,000 young men and women not in school or the workforce – nearly 13 percent of youth – the Dallas metro area has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation[1]. In response, a national coalition of more than 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair –  an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Dominos, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart.

Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event. It will also look to sustain investment in Dallas over the next few years, partnering with local organizations to create ongoing impact.

“FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.”

Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy[2], the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success.

“Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Through a series of initiatives, including our work with the coalition, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.”

“Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city in which we work and live.”

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent[3], disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, CitySquare and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run.

“Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.”

“We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.”

“We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas.  The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Dallas. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day.

Building the Nation’s Largest Employer-Led Initiative for Opportunity Youth

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than  50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton WorldWide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential Financial, Inc., Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support including FedEx, HMSHost, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation.

As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities InitiativeTM will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career.  For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at http://bit.ly/2oIozpo.Media interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting media@100kOpportunities.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Old Navy’s “Instant Happy” sweepstakes to give away $100,000 to one lucky winner every day from November 18-25

ENTIRE STORE 50% OFF WHEN DOORS OPEN AT 6 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY UNTIL CLOSE ON BLACK FRIDAY

SAN FRANCISCO, 2016-Nov-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Old Navy is helping to put the happy in Happy Holidays this shopping season with incredible giveaways, extended Black Friday deals and a line-up of family fun in-store events. At Old Navy, #happyistrending!

Instant Happy Contest

In the week leading up to Black Friday (11/18-11/25), Old Navy will be giving away $100,000 to one lucky winner each day, plus thousands of other prizes, as part of the “Instant Happy” sweepstakes.* Scratchers distributed in-store daily, while supplies last, will reveal instant prizes from partners including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Coca-Cola, Fandango and Tiny Prints. Every scratcher will contain a prize as well as a code to enter for the daily grand prize of $100,000.

Prizes include:

  • Free Chips & Guacamole from Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • 20 oz. Coca-Cola beverages from My Coke Rewards
  • Movie tickets from Fandango
  • $25 off a purchase from Tiny Prints
  • Free Shipping from OldNavy.com

Our online customers will also be able to enter for a chance to win the $100,000 daily grand prize on OldNavy.com. Learn more about “Instant Happy” at Oldnavy.com/InstantHappy.

“We’re excited to enrich the lives of eight lucky customers with an incredible holiday jackpot,” said Steve Stickel, Old Navy’s Global Head of Stores & Store Operations. “Our goal is to put a smile on every customer’s face through our week of prizes, extended Black Friday deals, covetable product and engaging in-store activations.”

Shop Happy Deals

Customers don’t have to wait until Black Friday this year to take advantage of our biggest sale of the year. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 6 a.m. until close at 10 p.m., the entire store will be 50 percent off. The 50% off sale will continue when stores open on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. until they close on Friday, Nov. 25 at midnight, giving shoppers 32 hours straight to snag incredible deals.** On the morning of Black Friday, Old Navy will offer its beloved Frost-Free jacket for the family at a doorbuster price of $10 (while supplies last).The savings last throughout the weekend, with 40 percent off the entire store Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The deals don’t stop in store! OldNavy.com will offer 40% off everything on Saturday and Sunday, leading up to our best Cyber Monday deal yet. On Cyber Monday, everything will be 50%, and customers will receive a free pair of cozy socks with any purchase (while supplies last).

Saturday Happy In-Store Events

Old Navy isn’t just offering great deals, but is also bringing the happy to the shopping experience with four special Saturday in-store events.

SNAP HAPPY (Saturday, Nov. 26):

Snap and share festive photos using our gift box backdrop and playful holiday props, and receive a coupon for a free 8×8 Shutterfly photo book ($29.99 value). In select stores, Santa will be in the house, along with a professional photographer, to get your best angle.

CRAFT HAPPY (Saturday, Dec. 3):

Let your little ones explore their crafty side at our holiday card activity stations. Kids can customize a gingerbread man card with different outfit and accessory stickers.

SLEEP HAPPY (Saturday, Dec. 10):

Join our in-store PJ party. Store associates will be donning their Jingle Jammies to perform a special choreographed dance called the “Jingle Jammie Jam.”

GIFT HAPPY (Saturday, Dec. 17):

Gap Inc. credit card holders will receive an exclusive holiday gift bag and tissue paper set with purchase. Additionally, customers who apply for and use their Old Navy card will receive 25% off their purchase.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand celebrates the democracy of style through on-trend, playfully optimistic, affordable and high quality product. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and Canada 18 years and older.  Ends 11/25/16. Redemption for instant win game prizes and offers ends 12/4/16.  To play and for Official Rules, including odds, free method of entry, and prize descriptions visit www.oldnavy.com/redeemhappy (for U.S. entrants) or www.oldnavy.ca/redeemhappy (for Canadian entrants). If Canadian resident, mathematical skill-testing question must be correctly answered to win. 8 sweepstakes prizes and 3,728,400 U.S. instant win game prizes (approximate retail values from $0 to $100,000) available to be won.  Void where prohibited.

**Store hours may vary, check local stores for details.

Investor information:

investor_relations@gap.com
650-952-4400

Source: Gap Inc.

100,000 children now having taken part in Foodstuffs’ nutrition in schools programme

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — A nationwide education initiative that’s helping Kiwi kids make healthier food choices is celebrating a major milestone, with over 100,000 children now having taken part.

Since 2007, the Food for Thought programme has taught senior primary school students about the importance of nutrition and healthy eating, and taken them on supermarket field trips to drive the key messages home.

Food for Thought is free for schools thanks to the support of Pams and Foodstuffs New Zealand. Key elements include classroom lessons with a nutritionist and then a visit to a local PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Shop Rite or Write Price supermarket, so they can put theory into practice.

Food for Thought’s South Island nutritionist Reta Trotman says she’s proud to be a part of an initiative that gives kids the knowledge to make healthy choices.

“To surpass the 100,000 milestone is an exciting achievement for Food for Thought, which has already made such a difference nationwide,” says Trotman.

“The most striking thing I’ve found from talking with the students is that they all want to be healthy. So we’re teaching them how to fuel their bodies and minds properly.”

“Our students love being what we call ‘Food Detectives’, learning about healthy ingredients and how to read food labels, and I often hear from parents that their kids are now asking for more fruit and veg, eating healthier breakfasts, and no longer asking for chips in their lunch box. Schools are also telling me the changes kids make after taking part in the programme have noticeable effects on their energy levels, learning and mood.”

“That’s good for them and good for teachers and families too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing Food for Thought grow even bigger and reach every school student in New Zealand.”

Contact:

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax: +64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuff

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon
The Starbucks Foundation supports Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with $100,000 donation to American Red Cross and $25,000 to Team Rubicon

 

Seattle, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will contribute $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the U.S. and Caribbean. The Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to Team Rubicon to support a team of volunteers providing direct relief to Haitians impacted by the storm.

Customers who wish to aid in the recovery may do so in any U.S. company-operated store through a donation to the American Red Cross at the point of sale beginning October 8. Starbucks partners (employees) who make a personal contribution to the relief efforts can request matching funds through the company’s Partner Match program.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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McDonald’s will award five college-bound Hispanic high school seniors a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship

OAK BROOK, IL, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — To continue being part of the solution to close the education gap for Hispanic students in the U.S., Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), with the exclusive support of McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators, will award five college-bound Hispanic high school seniors a $100,000 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship, increasing McDonald’s annual contribution to half a million dollars annually.

This year’s five scholarship recipients are: Darinelle Merced-Calderón, Archer, Fla.; Gianfranco Filice, Gilroy, Calif.; Helena Silva-Nichols, Phoenix, Ariz.; Sarah Jackson, Fresno, Calif.; and Elizabeth Manero, Hamilton, Va.

For the first time, this year all five RMHC/HACER National Scholarship recipients will also be paired with a McDonald’s mentor who will offer support and guidance throughout the students’ college years, fostering continued growth and success.

“The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute applauds McDonald’s for the addition of its first-ever Hispanic student mentorship program, which ensures that scholarship recipients will have the academic and moral support that is key to college success,” said Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and former judge for the RMHC/HACER National Scholarship. “As longstanding educational partners, we are proud to support McDonald’s and RMHC in its unparalleled commitment to the education of our U.S. Hispanic youth.”

“I am incredibly grateful to receive the RMHC/HACER National Scholarship, which is giving me the chance to pursue my dreams of a post-secondary education,” said Gianfranco Filice, one of this year’s five scholarship winners. “With the help of this scholarship, I hope to continue to grow into an impact-driven and results-oriented leader at Stanford University.”

The RMHC/HACER Scholarship was founded in 1985 by McDonald’s owner/operator Richard Castro of El Paso, Texas, with the support of RMHC, McDonald’s Corporation and local McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators throughout the country. Castro, a former educator, established the scholarship after noticing increasing school drop-out rates among Hispanic students due to financial difficulties. He called upon his fellow owner/operators and the community at large to help remove the financial barrier of attending college.

In 2008, the national scholarship was added, offering four $100,000 awards to Hispanic students. Last fall, McDonald’s increased its annual donation to RMHC, adding a fifth RMHC/HACER National Scholarship to the existing four $100,000 awards.

“We are so proud of our RMHC/HACER winners and want to make sure they are armed with everything they need for success,” explained a champion of the program Ana Madan, member and Vice Chair of the McDonald’s Hispanic Owner Operator Association and one of the 45 percent of women and People of Color who make up McDonald’s Owner/Operator community. “Knowing they are often the first to go to school and leave home, providing a support system for them will make the transition into school and the business world a bit easier for them. We are very excited to have such wonderful students to mentor and look forward to seeing them grow throughout their career.”

To date, more than $31 million in local and national RMHC/HACER Scholarship monies have been awarded to more than 17,800 students. RMHC/HACER, which stands for Hispanic American Commitment to Education Resources, counts on the support of RMHC, McDonald’s Corporation, McDonald’s Hispanic owner/operators and other donors for its local scholarships.

“At RMHC, we understand the importance of education and are committed to providing resources to students so they can reach their full potential,” said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO of RMHC. “With the support of McDonald’s, we’re able to provide hardworking, determined Hispanic students across the country opportunities to continue building promising futures.”

It is fitting that HACER means “to do” in Spanish. National scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. The rigorous selection process includes a completed application, essay and interviews with a distinguished panel of judges representing academia, business, media, RMHC and McDonald’s. Past scholarship recipients have attended prestigious universities, including Stanford University and Harvard University, and continued on to pursue careers in the medical, engineering and business fields, among others.

College-bound high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the upcoming 2017 RMHC/HACER Scholarship. Applications become available in October 2016 and awarded students are notified in the spring to coincide with college acceptances.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
About Ronald McDonald House Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to heal and cope better together. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC), or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to approximately 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and @MeEncanta and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds and www.facebook.com/mcdonaldslatino.

Contact:

Lainey Garcia
McDonald’s USA
lainey.garcia@us.mcd.com
630-209-1555

Source: McDonald’s USA

Starbucks: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle

  • Coalition of 40 Top U.S. Companies Set to Launch Long-Term Hiring Effort in Seattle to Bring Jobs to Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-Year-Olds Who Are Not in School or Employed
  • Hundreds of Interviews and On-the-Spot Job Offers Available at Free Hiring Event at CenturyLink Field Event Center May 5; more than 1,500 Seattle Youth Expected to Attend
  • Building on Similar Events in Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles, the Initiative is Part of a National Employer-Led Push to Hire at Least 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018
  • America’s Largest Employer-Led Coalition for Opportunity Youth Welcomes Accenture, Leisure Care, Panda Express, Services Group of America and Ulta Beauty as Newest Members

SEATTLE, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — With 5.5 million young Americans not working and not in school, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, a coalition of 40 top U.S. companies, today announced plans to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle beginning with a job fair on May 5 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Hiring managers from Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Delaware North, Dominos, Evolution Fresh, FedEx, Hilton, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Red Robin, Republic Services, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Walgreens, and Walmart will be at the Seattle Opportunity Fair.

Together, they will interview hundreds of youth in an effort to connect many of King County’s estimated 50,593* Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are disconnected from employment and education – to meaningful job opportunities and a pathway to success. The event will also kick-start a long-term effort in partnership with many of the region’s leading businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and civic leaders to employ thousands of local youth, accelerating the coalition’s national goal to hire at least 100,000 opportunity youth by 2018.

“We’re thrilled to partner with so many respected brands and give young people the opportunity to thrive and grow in today’s economy,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines. “Building work-related skills and gaining solid work experience will prepare today’s youth for the future and strengthen our community.”

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s work in Seattle will build on the success of similar hiring efforts inChicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles. To date, more than 25,000 youth have found jobs, internships or higher education opportunities through the participating companies, of which 2,300 received on-the spot offers at the three hiring fairs. The coalition will look to host more than 1,500 youth at the Seattle Opportunity Fair May 5. Participating companies expect to make hundreds of immediate job offers, as they did in the other cities.

“The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has provided Nordstrom with a unique forum to connect and establish relationships with our next generation of employees, customers and community leaders,” said Jamie Nordstrom, President of Stores, Nordstrom. “At the first three events we were fortunate to meet, and even hire on the spot, some fantastic young people and introduce them to Nordstrom as a great place to start a career. We’re looking forward to another inspiring event here in our hometown of Seattle.”

“A great first job can truly open up a pathway to lifelong opportunity for a young person,” said Howard Schultz, chairman and ceo of Starbucks. “Starbucks is proud to partner with the community in Seattle to connect Opportunity Youth with a pathway to their first job. We believe companies across the county have a role and responsibility to create opportunities for young people across the economic spectrum.  We are eager to do our part in providing on the spot jobs offers in our hometown of Seattle.”

In Seattle, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent*, disproportionately impacting young people of color and those from low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Seattle’s community and civic leaders including the City of Seattle, King County, Educurious, Community Center for Education Results & the Roadmap Project, the United Way of King County, and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run.

“The City of Seattle is proud to be a partner in this employer-led effort to help all our young people develop the skills they need to thrive in a 21st-century workforce,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, in collaboration with my Youth Employment Initiative, is an investment in the future of our young people and in creating more equitable access to opportunity. It is a critical step toward ensuring all of our young people share in the prosperity of our innovation economy.”

“Educurious is thrilled to be making connections between employers and today’s youth as part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative,” said Michael Golden, Chief Executive Officer of Educurious.  “Helping young people gain work experience stimulates short-term impact and builds toward their future success by providing them with readiness, agency for their life, inspiration for relevant career pathways and a network to support them along the way.”

“Through this important initiative in Seattle and King County, we plan to build integrated employment and education pathways that reconnect young people to opportunity and develop a long-term model for engagement and retention,” said Nicole Yohalem, Director of the Road Map Project’s Opportunity Youth Initiative for the Community Center for Education Results.

Registration Now Open for Seattle Opportunity Hiring Fair

Interested candidates are invited to register for free and pre-schedule their interviews for the May 5 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Seattle. Lyft, a member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, will provide free rides up to $50 for candidates who are new Lyft passengers to help them easily access transportation to and from the event. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; access to high school and equivalency through admissions to programs at the University of Washington; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online profile with LinkedIn’s experts; and more.

“We believe in creating a broad range of new opportunities for young people who have many interests and backgrounds while at the same time creating a pipeline for technology talent that sparks innovation,” said Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President and Head of Microsoft Philanthropies. “We look forward to connecting job fair attendees with career opportunities at our retail stores, as well as on-site mentoring to further their education and enter careers in high-tech fields.”

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative today also announced Accenture, Leisure Care, Panda Express, Services Group of America and Ulta Beauty as its newest corporate partners. Since launching in July 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has grown to 40 leading U.S. companies, including Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Prudential Financial, Red Robin, Republic Services, Services Group of America, Sprinkles, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, TOMS, Ulta Beauty, VILLA, Walgreens and Walmart.

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is generously supported by the Alaska Airlines, Arizona Community Foundation, California Endowment, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Dominos, FedEx, Hilton, HMS Host, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Macy’s, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Papa John’s, The Prudential Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Starbucks Foundation, Taco Bell, Target, T-Mobile, Walmart Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In-kind support for the event in Seattle is being provided by Delaware North and Lyft.

“Our community can make a difference in the lives of opportunity youth.  With more than 50,000 Opportunity Youth in the Seattle area, we have a responsibility to offer creative new solutions to help young people find opportunity,” said Sheri Schultz, co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “Our strategic collaboration includes the private sector, local governments, community-based organizations and foundations — all working together to create a better system of opportunity for young people who are facing barriers to that first job or first introduction to community engagement. The Schultz Family Foundation is excited to be part of this important work.”

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions acts as an intermediary for the coalition in the hiring cities, building upon the existing work of its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF). The OYIF currently supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 21 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute provides direct leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle and future cities.


* “Zeroing In on Place and Race,” Measures of America, June 10, 2016

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on-the-job training, in addition to developing potential in youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to successful careers. Please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

Media interested in attending the event in Seattle must pre-register for credentials by contactingmedia@100kOpportunities.org.

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Starbucks: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle

Starbucks: 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to expand its national youth hiring movement to Seattle

More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people

  • Top U.S.-Based Companies Create Pathways to Economic Opportunity for Young Americans
  • Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart Come Together With the Goal to Create the Nation’s Largest Employer-Led Coalition to Hire or Train 100,000 Opportunity Youth   
  • First Opportunity Fair & Forum Coming to Chicago on Aug. 13, Hosted by Common

Chicago, 2015-7-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than a dozen leading, U.S.-based companies today announced the formation of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which has the goal of being the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people.  The coalition has the collective goal of engaging at least 100,000 Opportunity Youth – 16-24 year olds who face systemic barriers to jobs and education – by 2018 through apprenticeships, internships, training programs, and both part-time and full-time jobs. Additionally, the coalition will leverage existing collaborative efforts on the ground in a handful of cities to partner in building these pathways. The founding companies include Alaska Airlines, Cintas, CVS Health, Hilton Worldwide, HMSHost, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Lyft, Macy’s, Microsoft, Porch.com, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, Walgreens and Walmart.

Chicago to Host First Opportunity Fair & Forum

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will accelerate the coalition’s hiring commitment with an employer initiated Opportunity Fair & Forum for Opportunity Youth in Chicago on Aug. 13, where the participating companies expect to collectively train more than 2,000 youth and make at least 200 on-the-spot job offers, delivering immediate impact for their businesses, the Chicago community and many participating candidates. By partnering with local workforce leaders, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative expects to hire at least 1,000 youth in the Chicago area over the next 18 months. Over the next 30 days, the growing coalition will continue to welcome the participation of new companies who share a commitment to hiring Opportunity Youth. This initial event will serve as a catalyst for hiring and training efforts across the nation with the collective goal of engaging 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, working with LeadersUp, will serve as an aggregator and intermediary for the initial event in Chicago.  The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will also engage a broad collaboration of community based organizations to provide resources including on-the-spot mentorship and feedback, mock-interviews and skills training for job readiness, college prep, volunteer opportunities and internships.

“The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is creating a meaningful pathway to opportunity for thousands of young people – starting here in Chicago. With the right tools and resources, the next generation of Chicagoans can make a measurable impact in our community through civic engagement and strengthen our City’s economy. I am pleased that Chicago was selected to host the first hiring event, and I look forward to working with these companies to help solve a critical issue facing our neighborhoods and the young people who live there today,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Opportunity Forum will be hosted by Grammy and Academy Award winning performing artist and actor Common who will lead an open discussion with more than 2,000 young people and their support networks focused on economic opportunity in America. Joining Common on stage will be special guests, entertainers and speakers.

“I believe in the talent that lies within our young people, and I know that when we give them a real chance, they will achieve and soar. I am excited to be a part of bringing jobs and opportunities to our great city,” said Common.

The Opportunity Ahead

In the U.S. alone, there are currently 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working.  At the same time, there are 3.5 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. Jobs that do not require a four-year degree – sometimes called middle-skill jobs – make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States. For employers looking to fill these jobs, young, motivated workers are a vital and untapped resource.  However, young people are often unaware that these opportunities are available, nor are they aware of the steps they need to take to pursue and secure these jobs. At the same time, employers often do not have clear strategies to effectively recruit, train and retain young workers.

In response, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is committing to create the pathways young workers need to build skills, attain credentials and ultimately secure a job. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people who are just entering the workforce through internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, as well as to develop the potential of youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that will lead to a successful career.  These companies have joined together and are operating with the belief that with the right skills and training, Opportunity Youth represent an unrealized pipeline of talent and an economic engine that can be ignited.

“In America, your ZIP code should never determine your destiny. Breaking down barriers to employment for young people doesn’t just help the individual workers – it benefits entire communities and the economy at large. The corporate leaders championing the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative recognize that promoting career opportunities for youth is a win-win, and I hope more employers will follow their lead. I’m pleased to see the Chicago Cook Workforce Board leveraging public workforce system capacity to connect young people with employers, training, and good jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez.

Leadership and Commitment to Hiring Opportunity Youth

The Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions will act as an intermediary for the initiative, building upon the existing work of its national Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF).   The OYIF currently supports collaborative efforts focused on Opportunity Youth in 21 communities around the country. The Aspen Institute will provide direct leadership, technical assistance, and programmatic support to launch the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in a handful of those cities. Funders participating in the initiative include: Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Walmart Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Alaska Airlines: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), has a singular focus on youth and education, and is committed to building education and career pathways for youth in the communities it serves. By focusing on ways to expose youth to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers through targeted giving, mentorship and other programs, Alaska is engaging the leaders of tomorrow and developing talent for the aviation industry. In its home state of Washington, Alaska has given $2.5 million to fund the Alaska Airlines Aerospace Education Center at the Museum of Flight to inspire the next generation of aerospace leaders, $1.5 million to Port Jobs for career development for airport workers, and $236,000 to the Highline School District for grants to teachers who help students excel in technical training. In the state of Alaska, Alaska Airlines has made a 3-year, $1 million commitment to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, an organization with the mission of providing native Alaskan students with the support they need to be successful in higher education and in science and engineering careers.

CVS Health: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States with more than 200,000 colleagues nationwide, has an ongoing commitment to train and hire young people. The company has longstanding partnerships with the U.S. Department of Labor and White House’s Summer Jobs+ initiative and was the first employer to launch a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program for pharmacy technicians. Through that program, CVS Health has placed more than 1,500 colleagues in Registered Apprenticeship career tracks in retail pharmacy and management and has committed to doubling that number over the next five years. Another notable program is Pathways to Health Care. More than one million young people have participated in the program since it began in 2000. Serving students in more than 40 cities across the United States, the program has awarded over $4 million in summer internship wages and continues to be a valuable tool for high-school and college-aged students.

Hilton: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

As one of the largest global hospitality companies in the world, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has committed to impacting one million young people by 2019.  Through a series of apprenticeships, internships and job opportunities, Hilton is supporting the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative in the U.S. by committing to hire at least 15,000 young people in its offices and owned and managed hotels over the next three years, providing them with a wealth of skills and training to be successful in the world of hospitality and beyond. Visit jobs.hiltonworldwide.com and youth.hiltonworldwide.com for more information.

Microsoft: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Microsoft YouthSpark, through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Junior Achievement, Year Up, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, annually connects approximately one million youth in the United States with greater opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship. Through YouthSpark, Microsoft is committed to supporting even more young people in the future, providing opportunities to learn computer science — one of the most in-demand fields—through programs such as Technology, Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS), which placed technology professionals as volunteer teachers into more than 130 high schools across the country during the past school year.

Starbucks: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

As one of the world’s leading youth employers with nearly 80 percent of its workforce being millennials, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has committed to hiring at least 10,000 Opportunity Youth in the U.S. over the next three years, many of whom will be eligible to participate in the company’s full slate of benefits including the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which provides full tuition reimbursement for an online bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. By hiring these purpose-driven young people, Starbucks believes it can create real pathways to opportunity for these new hires while driving its business forward and strengthening the communities it serves. Starbucks, the Schultz Family Foundation and YouthBuild USA have also launched the Customer Service Excellence Training (CSET) program, which gives students an opportunity to learn customer service skills – based on the same training Starbucks store partners (employees) receive – through classroom and on-the-job experience in retail or café settings.

Taco Bell: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Taco Bell changes lives and makes a positive impact on the communities it serves. As the employer of more than 1MM teens since its founding, Taco Bell sees today’s youth as the heart and soul of its brand. They are the reason why Taco Bell, the Taco Bell Foundation and Taco Bell franchisees have invested $75 million in scholarships, programming and grants to develop the next generation of leaders. Education and skills development are one of the most powerful ways Taco Bell is building communities, and the brand is committed to creating more jobs that are compatible with going to school. Between now and 2022, the brand expects to create more than 50,000 new jobs of which one in four will go to hiring teens, adding to the 175,000 jobs held by team members today. Taco Bell’s vision of seeing 100 percent of high school students graduate is supported in part by programs such as Taco Bell’s Career Online High School, which the brand launched to provide team members the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and career certificate through the nation’s only accredited online school district. Taco Bell team members also have access to a variety of online options, including fully accredited GEDs through the National GED Testing Service; Associate’s, Bachelor’s or graduate degrees offered at a 40 percent discount through a partnership with Excelsior College; and programs where associates can earn nearly 50 percent of the credits needed to earn a college degree just by working at Taco Bell.

Target: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Target has always worked to create shared value—doing what is good both for its business and for broader society. Since 1946, Target has given five percent of its profits back to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. One of the cornerstones of the company’s commitments has long been education. In 2015, Target will achieve its goal of giving $1 billion to education, helping kids reach their full potential while creating an educated workforce and leaders for the future. Target’s team is a source of pride for the company, and leaders focus on creating a diverse and engaged workforce supported by an inclusive culture. Target strives to be locally relevant to the guests and communities it serves, which includes creating jobs and inspiring team members to give back. In 2014, Target team members donated more than a million volunteer hours to projects they’re passionate about and with organizations that make an impact in the communities where they live and work – and are on track to do the same in 2015.

Walgreens: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Since its founding as a single store in Chicago in 1901 to its presence today in virtually every demographic community in the country, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) has understood the importance of developing our nation’s youth by creating employment opportunities. Through its robust job shadow, internship and employment opportunities for local youth around the country, Walgreens provides exposure to a variety of careers from store management to supply chain to corporate careers, including more than 100,000 hours of training and mentorship to thousands of young people annually. Each year, the company donates more than $1 million to the nation’s pharmacy schools to improve diversity among pharmacy students. In addition, high school students can gain Walgreens pharmacy experience through its job shadow program. The company’s pharmacy technician training program, which focuses on young people, is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). In recent years, Walgreens formalized programs aimed at hiring those in underserved employment populations. Hundreds of young Americans with mental or physical disabilities have found employment at Walgreens in distribution centers and stores through its Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI) program. Walgreens also works with a New York youth agency to create internships for those in the foster care system. For more information, visit careers.walgreens.com.

Walmart and Walmart Foundation Retail: Commitment to Opportunity Youth

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will provide support to this initiative through their Retail Opportunity Initiative, announced in February, 2015, which includes a $100 million investment over the next five years to create meaningful pathways for advancing people – including youth – in the retail sector overall.  In addition to helping to support the Aspen Institute in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will work with local organizations in Chicago and other cities to remove barriers to advancement.  The ongoing work includes philanthropic investments in career path mapping, pre-employment training, placement programs, upskilling, and credentialing, along with engagement in cross-sector partnerships such as this one.

Leaders Quotes

“At Alaska, we are committed to creating valuable career path opportunities in the communities we serve, through our support of education and job training initiatives for youth,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines. “An example in Washington State is our support for career advancement though initiatives like Port Jobs, that provide training and tools for workers at early stages of their career.”

“Expanding access to the American Dream is one of the most important issues confronting our democracy. The Aspen Institute is proud to partner with so many major companies to create greater access to opportunity for low income youth and young adults in America’s cities. Thanks to this coalition, thousands more young people will have a chance to fully participate in civil society,” said Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

“By bringing together the energy of world-class organizations, we can make meaningful progress toward improving the training and employment options for Opportunity Youth across America,” said Scott Farmer, CEO of Cintas Corporation. “With 5.6 million youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working, we need to join hands and take action across industries.  The Initiative is exciting and important for the future of Opportunity Youth and our Nation.”

“This is a key investment we can make for the success of our youth,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “We need to continue investing in programs and initiatives such as 100,000 Opportunities to strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth. I am again calling upon employers, large and small, across the region to join us in supporting the future of our young people by creating meaningful employment opportunities for our youth.”

“CVS Health is pleased to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative as part of our company’s ongoing commitment to connecting talented young people with meaningful apprenticeships, internships and jobs,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health. “At CVS Health, we know that today’s youth are the business leaders, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and health care professionals of tomorrow. That’s why we’re focused on introducing young people to careers in health care and pharmacy, two significantly expanding fields, and ensuring that they are armed with the skills they need to achieve success in not only their careers, but also in life. By training and hiring young people, we are not only building a strong workforce, but also stronger communities.”

“As one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, we are in a unique position to leverage our size, scale and expertise to close the opportunity gap for young people in a meaningful way,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton Worldwide. “The life skills and on-the-job training offered in hospitality create a strong foundation for young people to build lifelong careers at Hilton and throughout our industry. By participating in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, we continue to work toward our global commitment to prepare, connect and employ one million young people by 2019.”

“We are very excited to be part of this 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to hire Opportunity Youth. While this initiative will help young Chicagoans find valuable employment, it will also be a great opportunity for us to identify and hire talented youth that will enrich our workforce and ultimately the customer experience we strive to deliver,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of HMSHost. “We look forward to working alongside our fellow employers to bring the goal of 100,000 Opportunities to reality.”

“As one of America’s largest department stores, we’re honored to be a founding partner of this important initiative,” said Marvin Ellison, President and CEO-designee of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to helping the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative achieve its goal by placing young people in positions at JCPenney stores where the possibilities for growth are endless.”

“At Microsoft we are passionate about empowering every person on the planet to achieve more and that means supporting strong pathways for education and employment for youth,” said Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation. “We are honored to be a part of The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to help empower thousands of young people across America.”

“We are excited and honored to be working alongside other successful companies that are committed to empowering America’s youth,” said Matt Ehrlichman, Chief Executive Officer of Porch.com. “As a startup, I can attribute a lot of our early success to the smart, ambitious, and young talent base we have. At the heart of every durable company and community is empowerment. When you combine that with opportunity, you can literally change the world. We look forward to the road ahead and the opportunities we will provide as our business and the home service industry grows.”

“We simply hire nice people and teach them the Potbelly way,” said Aylwin Lewis, Chairman, CEO and President of Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

“The Rockefeller Foundation is thrilled to be a founding funder in the 100,000 Opportunity Initiative,” saidJudith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “Years of research have showed us time and again what works and what doesn’t work when tackling youth unemployment, and solutions with an explicit and defined commitment from employers is the way we will achieve sustained impact.  Getting young people into new jobs is just the beginning.  We all must work together to ensure they enter the right jobs, retain them, and ultimately grow from them.  Today’s effort is an important first step, and I commend the corporations that are on the front lines of hiring thousands of these qualified young people.”

“By using our scale to create pathways to affordable education and meaningful employment for these young men and women, we’re strengthening both our workforce and our economy” said Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks and co-founder of the Schultz Family Foundation. “As business leaders, I believe we have a critical role to play in hiring more Opportunity Youth and offering these young people excellent training, and the chance to dream big and reach their aspirations. The rules of engagement for philanthropy are changing. It’s not just about writing a check; rather, our approach is focused on creating a coalition of like minds with local knowledge, expertise on-the-ground and the ability to scale the social impact of an initiative like this to create pathways of opportunity for the literally millions of young people who can benefit from this program.”

“As a company that gives many young Americans their very first job, Taco Bell proudly invests in developing its next generation of leaders through education, job and life skills, and a culture that promotes growth,” said Brian Niccol, CEO of Taco Bell Corp. “Taco Bell is a workplace where today’s driven youth can flourish. We empower our team members with practical skills that set them up for success on the job and beyond, and provide the resources and encouragement to stay in school and earn a degree so they can follow their passions. For over 20 years we have paved the way for teens to gain the confidence they need to tackle challenges, make an impact on the world and reach their full potential. We are honored to extend support for this impressive generation by participating in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative.”

“At Target, we seek innovative ways to fuel our growth, improve people’s lives, and make a sustainable difference in the world. Our team members are our greatest asset, and it is through their contributions that we continue to surpass our guests’ expectations every time they shop with us. Being a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will connect Target with motivated, high potential young people that help ensure our workforce is as diverse as the guests we serve,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target Corp. “For more than a century, Walgreens has grown its business on a tradition of recruiting young talent and building professional career paths that can take them to the company’s highest ranks,” said Alex Gourlay, President of Walgreens. “We are proud to join with other great American brands to broaden opportunity for young men and women and provide access to the training, skills development and experience needed to build a strong workforce and growing economy.”

“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation work to improve the lives of millions of people through creating economic mobility and strengthening communities,” said Doug McMillon, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. President and CEO. “Through our Opportunity initiative, we are working in partnership with others to address the fundamental challenges facing the retail and related industry workforces and create opportunities through job training that will allow for clear career advancement. We are pleased to join the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to prepare youth for successful and rewarding careers in retail.”

“We are pleased to support the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to put more young people on a promising road toward economic security,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Partnering with employers to build strong pathways to quality jobs and important supports like employment training and employee wellbeing policies is essential. We believe this will help more young people — especially those disconnected from opportunity who have been continuously and structurally left out of the economic engine — move up the career ladder and provide a better future for their families.”

How to Engage

For companies interested in joining the effort, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org for more information. For young people interested in participating in the Opportunity Fair & Forum, please visit www.100kOpportunities.orgf or information about participating agencies.

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth that have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career.  For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org.

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More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people

More than a dozen leading US companies to create the nation’s largest employer-led coalition committed to creating pathways to meaningful employment for America’s young people