Dollar General joins White House First Job Recruiting and Hiring Compact to help connect Opportunity Youth to their first jobs

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General (NYSE: DG) today (October 11, 2016) signed the White House First Job Recruiting and Hiring Compact in support of President Obama’s call to action for communities and businesses to help connect out-of-school, out-of-work youth (Opportunity Youth) to their first jobs. As part of its commitment, Dollar General will enhance its partnerships with high school and workforce development centers with the goal of hiring approximately 1,000 Opportunity Youth candidates over the next 12 months at its distribution centers and stores.

“Dollar General is eager to embrace this initiative to help match young people across America with job openings,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “We believe in investing in our people as a competitive advantage and it is important  to our business to recruit young workers who can grow with us and embrace our mission of Serving Others.”

Dollar General is partnering with employment opportunity centers across America to help workers between the ages of 18 and 24 transition into the workforce with first-time job opportunities.  As a founding member of the First Job Compact, Dollar General will continue to execute on this work with a focus on recruiting, hiring and training Opportunity Youth.

“At Dollar General, we see this as a tremendous opportunity to match employers with talent and to provide our nation’s youth with a career path that will take them as far as their goals, aspirations, and abilities will take them,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief people officer. “Dollar General has a proven track record of promoting internally and with our outstanding training and development programs we are poised to help employees just entering the workforce not just to get a job but build a great career with us.”

Dollar General’s commitment to employee development through great onboarding and best-in-class training is instrumental to the company’s overall success. Recently, Training magazine recognized the company among its Training Top 125 for the fifth consecutive year.

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Dollar General has job openings for Opportunity Youth between the ages of 18 and 24 with both full time and part time positions available. As all hiring functions are managed online, candidates looking to join Dollar General must apply for all new positions online at

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,000 stores in 43 states as of August 13, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit

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Starbucks Canada commits 10 percent of all store new hires to Opportunity Youth

Starbucks Canada commits 10 percent of all store new hires to Opportunity Youth and will further create 600 work placements for Non-Job-Ready Youth over the next three years

TORONTO, 2015-11-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Canada announced today, that in partnership with various levels of government and local social agencies, it is taking action to tackle the country’s critical youth unemployment rates. As one of the country’s leading employers for young people, Starbucks is taking a leadership position by committing 10 percent of its store hires to Opportunity Youth – young people ages 16-24 who are not working and are not going to school. These are motivated young people who have a strong desire to work, but are facing various systemic barriers to employment and require even more support in finding pathways to opportunity. They represent a vital and untapped resource of talent who have the potential to contribute to the success of business.

The program, launched in Toronto in April, is on track to exceed the 10 percent goal (150 jobs) within the first year, which validates that there is a demand for this kind of programming. In the first six months 109 young people have found meaningful employment at Starbucks. Following this success, the program is now being expanded nationally starting with Montreal and Vancouver, with more cities to come. At the same time, Starbucks is continuing its long-term commitment to providing non-work-ready youth with the tools necessary to achieve gainful employment. Starbucks is expanding the thriving work placement program – currently operating in Surrey, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary – to include Montreal. Combined, these programs will create 4,100 jobs and work placements over the next three years.

“Youth unemployment is an issue that requires immediate attention. We simply can’t have a generation of unemployed and disconnected youth,” says Rossann Williams, president, Starbucks Canada. “This generation deserves the same opportunity previous generations have enjoyed. Closing the opportunity divide requires bold leadership and innovation across all sectors, and we are proud to be working with community organizations and municipalities to do our part. By supporting these young people, we believe we can create real pathways to opportunity for these new hires while driving our business forward and strengthening the communities we serve.”

Youth unemployment poses a significant threat to the social and economic wellbeing of Canada’s future. The youth unemployment rate (13.5 percent) is nearly double the national adult average (7.1 percent). Starbucks is committed to having a positive impact on this issue, with a focus on Opportunity Youth. This ambition is made possible by ground-breaking partnerships with The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation in Vancouver, City of Toronto and Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) in Toronto as well as Société de développement social de Ville-Marie (SDSVM) in Montreal.

Beyond employment and work readiness, further opportunities are created by providing part-time employees with full-time benefits. Partners (employees) who work a minimum of 20 hours a week receive medical and dental benefits, tuition reimbursements, stocks, future savings along with career and personal support services. With 73 percent of its store partners under the age of 24, Starbucks is committed to offering employment conditions that provide young people with the early support they need to be successful.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 23,000 stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at and the Starbucks Newsroom at

About Starbucks Barista Work Placement Program
Over the last 13 years, Starbucks, in partnership with Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) in Surrey B.C., has been investing in creating opportunities for some of the province’s non-job-ready youth through the work placement program. This program combines in-class life and employability skills training with in-store barista work experience, in order to provide the skills and work experience these youth need to become gainfully employed.  Since its inception, the program has successfully graduated more than 500 youth, with a current annual commitment of 100 work placements between Surrey and Vancouver. The goal of the program is for graduates to either secure employment (with Starbucks or others) or go back to school within 12 weeks of graduating. In 2014, Starbucks expanded this program to include Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto, supporting an additional 100 youth each year and is now expanding the program to Montreal taking the total to 200.

About Partnership to Advance Youth Employment
The Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) is a joint initiative between private-sector employers, the City of Toronto and an extensive network of community-based employment service providers. Since 2009, PAYE has successfully connected hundreds of youth (aged 18-29) from diverse neighbourhoods to job opportunities and vital employment preparation supports provided by the City and community partners.

About Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation provides British Columbians in need with a system of supports that can help them participate more fully in their communities and achieve their social and economic potential. In 2015/16, the Ministry will invest $331 million in the Employment Program of BC, offering employment and labour market programs for all residents, including people who experience barriers to employment. This funding supports 84 WorkBC Employment Service Centres that can help youth aged 16 to 30, who are no longer in school, find a job, access training, or pursue self-employment. Approximately 50,000 youth have received case managed services from WorkBC since April 2012.

About Pacific Community Resources Society
Pacific Community Resources is an award winning, accredited non-profit community agency providing a range of services, including employment services, education programs, housing, and addiction counselling and prevention programs for youth, adults and families from a variety of backgrounds and orientations.

About Société de développement social de Ville-Marie
Since 2008, the SDSVM has been acting as the first social stockbroker in North America. By creating the connection between private companies and NPOs, it establishes quantifiable, concrete projects that help combat poverty and homelessness.

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Starbucks Canada commits 10 percent of all store new hires to Opportunity Youth

Pictured above from left to right: Kristin Duncan, Fiona Kehler – both graduates of the Starbucks Work Placement Program, The Honourable Michelle Stilwell and Caroline Ternes, Starbucks regional vice president.

Starbucks and nonprofits work to pave the road from homelessness to full-time employment for thousands of young adults often referred to as Opportunity Youth

SEATTLE, 2015-4-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Not too long ago, Jenna Williams was on the other side of a Starbucks counter. The 23 year old recalled many days she’d come into the downtown Denver Starbucks store just to get warm.

“I always asked the baristas if it was okay for me to sit inside for a few minutes, or if they were busy I’d stand out of the way in a corner,” Williams said. “I never wanted to bother people in the Starbucks. In fact, I never wanted to be a bother to anyone.”

Today, she’s wearing a green apron, pulling espresso shots, and laughing with customers in the same store she used to huddle in on the cold, snowy Denver days when she had no place to call home.

The road from homelessness to full-time employment isn’t easy, but it’s one that nonprofits and Starbucks are working to pave for thousands of young adults often referred to as Opportunity Youth – those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school and are not working. Many Opportunity Youth are also homeless.

The myth of street life

It’s a myth that young people who are homeless prefer the independence of living on the streets.

“I was miserable, depressed, tired of struggling to find food, tired of being dirty all the time,” said Williams. She had been homeless off and on from the age of 16, usually sleeping in abandoned houses, in alleyways, or under bridges.

Williams often thought. “I’m better than this,” but didn’t believe it until she walked into Purple Door Coffee in downtown Denver, Colorado a little over a year ago. The nonprofit coffee shop employs homeless young adults, and holds them accountable for completing a one-year curriculum involving customer service and work skills, holding a job, and improving their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Purple Door co-founder Madison Chandler started the coffee shop and skills training program two years ago after realizing the problem for many homeless young adults was keeping a job for more than a couple of weeks. They needed a more structured, disciplinary “and more gracious” environment to learn in, she said.

“Many of them never had a good work ethic modeled by their parents or the adults around them,” Chandler said. “If they didn’t feel like going to work, they didn’t. The people we bring into the program learn to adapt to structure, as they receive encouragement and often discipline too.”

Jenna Williams is an example of someone who needed not only encouragement, but discipline too. She used up all of her sick days for the year in the first two months of the program. Williams learned if she wanted to work at Purple Door she had to show up no matter what.

Part of a job training program’s success rate is measured by whether the person who completed it is still employed six months later. While the average success rate for most programs is 20 percent, for Purple Door it’s about 50 percent, in part because of the one-on-one attention the young adults receive.

“I’ll be honest with you, this job is exhausting,” said Chandler. “It’s tiring to work in a café and to be coaching people who come from an erratic background can be discouraging sometimes too. When we see someone decide they want to make a change, it’s so uplifting though. It reminds me of why we do this.”

‘We are all here to help one another’

After completing Purple Door Coffee’s one-year program, Williams walked into the downtown Denver Starbucks store she’d been in many times before. This time, she wasn’t there to get out of the cold. With a nervous smile on her face and resume in hand, she was there for a job interview.

Store manager Chelsea Curphy, a five-year Starbucks partner, said Williams had “a little bit of grittiness” and a positive attitude – two things she looks for in hiring baristas.

“Jenna also reminded me of my best friend in elementary school who didn’t necessarily have the easiest life, but was a super bright and positive person,” she said. “Jenna had amazing job recommendations from Purple Door and she answered all my questions.”

She was hired, but getting a job and doing the job are two different things. Curphy said she had to alter her training style a bit and provide more one-on-one attention with Williams. Fellow store partners helped too, because, as Curphy noted, “We are all here to help one another.”

“I’ll admit I panicked and cried a lot during the first two weeks and thought, ‘I’ll never be able to do this job, it’s complicated,’” Williams said. “I took a deep breath, remembered all that I was taught, wasn’t afraid to ask for help and I’ve been unstoppable ever since.”

The face of Opportunity Youth

Williams’ story has caught the attention of local and national media and a crew filming a documentary about homelessness.

“It took me awhile to get my life straight, but now that I’ve been given a great chance I want to help others too by putting a face on homelessness and helping others realize we all want the same thing – an opportunity to lead a good life,” she said.

On Friday April 17, about 100 Starbucks partners will join the Denver-based nonprofit Urban Peak, which has a connection to Purple Door. Volunteers will work on several community service projects to benefit young people during Starbucks Global Month of Service. This year there’s an emphasis on volunteer efforts that support Opportunity Youth – young people ages 16-24 who are not employed or in school. Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 Opportunity Youth by the year 2018.

Join a volunteer project near you through this Starbucks community website, and follow the global effort on social media via the hashtag #extrashotofgood.

Photos courtesy Purple Door  Coffee

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.


Starbucks and nonprofits work to pave the road from homelessness to full-time employment for thousands of young adults often referred to as Opportunity Youth

Starbucks and nonprofits work to pave the road from homelessness to full-time employment for thousands of young adults often referred to as Opportunity Youth