The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana

The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana
The Starbucks Foundation donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support flood relief efforts in southern Louisiana


Seattle, 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Starbucks Foundation will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the relief efforts in response to the devastating rain and flooding in southern Louisiana. In addition, the company has made an in-kind donation of packaged food, which American Red Cross staffers and volunteers will distribute to impacted residents and first responders.

“We continue to keep those impacted by the flooding in our thoughts and prayers,” said Derrick Pratt, Starbucks regional vice president. “We will support disaster relief efforts and help the people in the region during this difficult time.”

Customers and partners (employees) who wish to aid in the recovery may text “LAFLOODS” to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit the American Red Cross website.

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The Starbucks Foundation announced $1.3 million in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations

Seattle, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shirley Huang had a difficult time getting by in the most expensive city in America.

Unemployed and without stable housing in San Francisco, the 23-year-old’s life began to change when she met with the staff at YouthJobs+, which is supported by the United Way Bay Area.

“As soon as I got to YouthJobs+, we started working on my resume, did some job searching and the staff made calls to housing programs,” Huang said. “Within a month, I had found an internship and was accepted into a really cool housing program. Later this summer, I will attend the City College of San Francisco and I hope to one day have a job in the medical field.”

Huang was among the estimated 5.5 million young people ages 16-24 who are unemployed and not in school. Many nonprofit organizations across the U.S. are trying to decrease those numbers through programs that create pathways to opportunity.

Making the American Dream Possible for All
The Starbucks Foundation is supporting those efforts through Opportunity for Youth grants. Today the foundation announced $1.3 million in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations, including United Way Bay Area. The grants, which range from $10,000 to $100,000, are expected to impact more than 34,000 young people.

“We believe opportunity youth are the future of America’s workforce and simply need a chance to demonstrate their potential,” said John Kelly, Starbucks senior vice president of Global Responsibility, Community and Public Policy. “Together with our initiative to hire 10,000 young people by 2017, these new partnerships will help create thousands more opportunities through job readiness, training and additional educational programs that create pathways to success. We are proud to work with these local leaders to help make the American dream a possibility for all.”

This is the second year the Starbucks Foundation has awarded Opportunity for Youth grants, which build on the foundation’s legacy of supporting youth and investing in communities for nearly 20 years. The Starbucks Foundation’s work has helped inform and shape Starbucks ongoing commitment to communities across the country. That commitment includes bringing companies and nonprofits together for the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, investing in new stores with onsite job training for youth in low-income communities, and galvanizing thousands of partners (employees) and youth for its annual Global Month of Service each April.

A New Perspective
Jauhniera Shaw came to STRIVE in late February 2016 because she was unemployed and looking for direction. STRIVE, an Opportunity for Youth grant recipient, is a nonprofit committed to helping individuals acquire the skills they need to overcome challenging circumstances and find sustained employment. Shaw attended STRIVE’S CORE program, which helps young people develop a strong work ethic and maintain a job.

“I needed a bit of fine-tuning,” she said. “By the end of the program, I had a new perspective about the way I should present myself to the world. STRIVE taught me to think about time management, being organized, being responsible, and planning for the future. It helped me pull everything together.”

While enrolled at STRIVE, Shaw attended a mock interview session and met a Starbucks store manager who encouraged her to apply for a job with the company. After an interview, Starbucks hired her and she’s been a barista since April.

“A lot of my friends wanted to work at Starbucks, so when I got the job, I really felt that I had accomplished something great,” Shaw said. “Starbucks saw something in me and I’m proud of that and thankful for the opportunity.”

Shaw has decided to pursue her education at Medgar Evers College while continuing to work at Starbucks.

2016 Starbucks Opportunity for Youth grantees include: United Way Bay Area; City Year Orlando; City Year Miami; Mile High Youth Corps; Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada; After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles; Mexican American Opportunity Foundation; Community Action Partnership of Kern; Honolulu Community Action Program; Inc.; STRIVE International; City Year New York; Chicanos Por La Causa; Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources; Public Allies Indianapolis; Seeding Success; YouthBuild Boston; Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania; United Way of the Greater Atlanta Region; Liberty’s Kitchen; Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans; United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Boys and Girls Club of King County; City Year Seattle; City Year Philadelphia; The Choice Program; Juma Ventures, Public Allies Chicago; Chicago Urban League; Public Allies Milwaukee.

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The Starbucks Foundation announced $1.3 million in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations
The Starbucks Foundation announced $1.3 million in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations


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Starbucks Foundation awarded $200,000 to three Canadian charitable organizations focused on providing support for disadvantaged youth

TORONTO,   2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Canada is announcing $200,000 in Starbucks Foundation ‘Opportunity for Youth’ grants, awarded to three Canadian charitable organizations which are focused on providing support for disadvantaged and disconnected youth.

In Canada, youth unemployment rates are more than double the national average.* Starbucks is working with some of the country’s top youth organizations to offer life skills training and meaningful employment opportunities for vulnerable young people. The Opportunity for Youth grants are a reflection of Starbucks long history of investing in programs that equip young people with the skills and training required for the global economy.

Here are this year’s grant recipients, and a description of how the funds will support young people in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal:

Youth Employment Services – Toronto

To help Toronto’s opportunity youth (those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school or not employeed) succeed in a competitive labor market, Youth Employment Services (YES) has developed the Youth Employment Champion Initiative to provide youth with the skills, tools, knowledge, and resources needed to find and maintain employment. Funds from the Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth grants will contribute to supporting the 680 young people in the program, many of whom are facing challenges such as living in poverty, having less than Grade 12 education, suffering from mental health issues and have no prior work experience.

“YES is proud to work with Starbucks to help empower youth through our entrepreneur and job skills programs,” said Timothy Lang, President and CEO, YES.  “YES is the Canadian leader in providing youth employment services and helps over 10,000 youth per year. YES is delighted to have Starbucks support, which will help change lives forever.”

Covenant House Vancouver – Vancouver

Covenant House Vancouver has been helping disadvantaged young people overcome obstacles to independence for nearly 18 years. Rights of Passage is a five-step program strategically designed to help youth between the ages of 16-24 improve their lives and achieve sustainable employment. The Starbucks Opportunity for Youth grant will help fund all five steps of the program to help youth deal with challenges and move in a positive direction in life where they will achieve healthy independence.

“Covenant House Vancouver is honored to receive such an impactful gift from Starbucks Foundation to help us support at-risk and homeless youth who want to change their lives,” said Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House Vancouver. “The Opportunity for Youth grant means that youth who didn’t have a loving home to grow up in, and who never learned how to take care of themselves, will receive long-term, supportive transitional-housing in our Rights of Passage program. They will learn and practice new life skills while they are working or attending school. This support means that Covenant House Vancouver can lastingly lift these young people out of poverty and off the street.”

Le Bon Dieu Dans la Rue – Montreal

Dans la Rue provides employability programs for youth whose social and skill development have been severely compromised having left home at an early age and/or having been through Youth Protection Services. Dans la Rue will use the Starbucks Foundation funding to help develop the Community Employment Opportunities program for youth by establishing new community partnerships, short and long-term internships for youth and further permanent job opportunities.

“We are extremely grateful to receive funding from Starbucks Opportunity for Youth Grants,” said Cécile Arbaud, Executive Director, Dans la Rue. “Thanks to Starbucks, we can establish the community employment opportunities for youth initiative and develop new partnerships to provide marginalized youth with short and long-term job opportunities. As the youth move beyond the safe confines of Dans la Rue’s work environment, they will become more integrated into the community and become more self-sufficient.”

*Source: Labour Force Survey, Statistics Canada 2015

About Creating Opportunity in Canada
In addition to the Opportunity for Youth grants, Starbucks Canada is committed to offering a comprehensive work-placement program that combines in-class core life skills and employability training with on-the-job work placement experience in Starbucks. Together with charitable organizations in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, since 2002, the Starbucks Barista Work-Readiness program has graduated over than 500 youth – more than 80 percent of whom have then furthered their education or found meaningful employment. Some were hired by Starbucks permanently.

This past April, Starbucks Canada announced a commitment to provide 10 percent of its barista roles to unemployed youth living in Toronto’s Neighborhood Improvement Areas. Over a 12-month period, Starbucks is helping tackle the issue of youth unemployment in Toronto by filling over 150 barista roles and work placement training opportunities with candidates from the City’s Partnership to Advance Youth Employment program.

Earlier this year, the Starbucks Foundation also announced $1.5 million in Opportunity for Youth grants to 72 nonprofit organizations in 15 U.S. cities for fiscal year 2016. These grants, ranging from $5,000 to $75,000, build on the foundation’s long history of investing in programs that equip young people ages 16-24 with the skills and training required for the changing global economy.

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Starbucks Foundation awarded $200,000 to three Canadian charitable organizations focused on providing support for disadvantaged youth

Starbucks Foundation awarded $200,000 to three Canadian charitable organizations focused on providing support for disadvantaged youth

Starbucks Foundation contributes $300,000 to support Seeds for Progress Foundation’s Digital Seeds program in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, 2015-10-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — As she travels through Nicaraguan communities where coffee farmers are focused on the annual coffee crop, Rosa Rivas thinks years ahead. The harvest she contemplates extends beyond the region’s essential crop to include more and more schools populated by growing numbers of healthy and proficient students.

Rivas is executive director of the Seeds for Progress Foundation in Nicaragua, a non-profit that concentrates on education, health and infrastructure. Seeds for Progress was established in 2013 as a social-responsibility offshoot of the Mercon Coffee Group, a leading coffee trading company with a strong commitment to the farming communities it serves.

As part of its deep commitment to coffee-producing communities, the Starbucks Foundation is contributing $300,000 over a three-year period to support Seeds for Progress’ Digital Seeds program. The funds are directed to eight schools to improve reading, writing and math skills for 2,700 students through the use of technology and innovative academic practices. Seeds for Progress also operates the Healthy Seeds Program, which provides health-care services to remote Nicaraguan regions.

‘We don’t want to just build a classroom. We want to build capacities and leadership’

“Starbucks has a long history of supporting pathways to opportunity for young people in the global communities we serve,” said Corey duBrowa, Starbucks senior vice president of Global Communications.

DuBrowa, who spent a week volunteering at a local comprehensive school in Las Colinas earlier this year, met with Rivas and many students.

“Starbucks has been sourcing coffee from Nicaragua for more than a decade. It’s gratifying to see firsthand our investments in these coffee communities supporting farmers and their families to ensure they can thrive for generations to come,” he said. “The work that Seeds for Progress is doing in Nicaragua is vital to this effort. We are proud to partner with leaders like Rosa, who are working so tirelessly for the children and their parents.”

Rivas is also mindful of future generations.

“We have some communities where we have been working for 10 or 12 years in the same school. It’s a long-term commitment,” she said. “We don’t want to just build a classroom. We want to build capacities and leadership in the communities. You can see economic returns in coffee production during the harvest. But in terms of education, we need at least five years of investment in a community to really see the difference.”

‘Education is fundamental for the coffee industry’

Bringing together non-government organizations with the public and private sectors to address the needs of the Nicaraguan people has been Rivas’s focus since she finished school. Raised in Managua, her nation’s capital and largest city, she credits her Jesuit education there with shaping an enduring social conscience. After studying business administration and marketing in college, Rivas married and moved north to the central northern mountain city of Matagalpa. She joined the Mercon Coffee Group as a coordinator in its Corporate Social Responsibility department in 2005.

“Back then, this was one of the first foundations promoting this type of partnership between the public sector and the private sector,” she said.

Rivas splits her time between Managua, Matagalpa and far-flung villages where she checks in with facilitators who work with teachers, parents and students on a day-to-day basis. The travel can be demanding, but there’s no question the work she and her cohorts engage in is critical to the communities they serve.

“Coffee is one of the main sources of income, not only for the coffee regions, but for the country. We see now, in terms of the coffee industry, there are a lot of challenges related to climate change and the weather, and related to the educational level of the producers,” Rivas said. “We still have farmers who don’t write or read, so they rely on their families or kids who are now in school. Education is fundamental for the coffee industry. We need producers with better education to produce coffee in a more sustainable way. It’s important to the challenges that we’re facing today.”

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Starbucks Foundation contributes $300,000 to support Seeds for Progress Foundation's Digital Seeds program in Nicaragua

Starbucks Foundation contributes $300,000 to support Seeds for Progress Foundation’s Digital Seeds program in Nicaragua

Starbucks Foundation donates to three non-profit organizations supporting refugees throughout Europe

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Starbucks commitment to help the communities it serves, the Starbucks Foundation today announced donations to three non-profit organizations supporting refugees throughout Europe.

Instability and conflict has produced the largest group of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons since World War II, according to the United Nations.

“Like many of you, over these last few months I have watched with a very heavy heart as refugees from any number of war-torn countries arrive here in Europe – almost all with no place to go, no family, and very little money or belongings. And, remarkably, many of them children traveling on their own. All seeking safety, security, and a better life here in Europe,” said Kris Engskov, president Starbucks EMEA, in a letter to company partners (employees).

Noting that Starbucks has “a long history of helping those most in need,” Engskov announced support from the company’s foundation.

The Starbucks Foundation will donate $75,000 to Save the Children, a non-profit focused on providing urgent relief and long-term aid to refugee children and their families across Central and Western Europe. Save the Children was one of the first to jump into the most recent refugee crisis, with a direct focus on children.

On a regional basis, the Starbucks Foundation will donate $20,000 to Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of respected aid organizations leading refugee support in Germany. An additional $15,000 will go to Caritas, which is doing the same work across Austria and other European countries.

“We believe that donating funds directly to these organizations is the best way for us to support expert relief providers, enabling them to allocate resources where they are most needed.  And, with great urgency,” Engskov said.

Many Starbucks partners are also volunteering in their communities to support relief efforts through local aid organizations.

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Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities

  • Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities, Will Work with Local Minority and Women-Owned Suppliers, Nonprofits and Civic Leaders to Create New Opportunities for Economic Development and Community Engagement
  • First Stores to Open in Chicago, Ferguson, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Queens, New York
  • Starbucks Multiplies Impact Beyond Stores with $1.5 Million in Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth Grants in 15 U.S. Cities to Support Youth Training and Hiring Programs with Proven Results

SEATTLE, 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — On the heels of the launch of the private-sector led 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to increase hiring of America’s opportunity youth, Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) today announced two key strategic initiatives to support economic development and social change in diverse, urban communities by helping young people connect with meaningful employment and pathways to success.

Starbucks to Open Stores in Diverse, Urban Communities 

Starbucks today announced it will open stores in 15 diverse, low to medium income urban communities across the U.S., with at least five stores expected to open in 2016. These stores will be a key strategy in achieving the company’s previously stated goal of hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth – young people between the ages of 16-24 who face systemic barriers to meaningful jobs and education – and the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative’s collective goal of hiring 100,000 Opportunity Youth by 2018.

Starbucks will open the first of these stores in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s south side; the West Florissant neighborhood in Ferguson, Missouri; the Jamaica neighborhood in Queens, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and will remodel its store at 7th & Camelback in Phoenix, Arizona. Each of these locations will have an onsite training space where young people can learn valuable customer service and retail skills, based on the same world-class training Starbucks partners (employees) receive. Starbucks will also partner with local youth services organizations and government to leverage existing programs that help connect young people with internships, apprenticeships and jobs in the community and foster the type of dialogue and engagement needed for continued social change.

“We have a long history of developing stores in diverse neighborhoods and we hope to do even more – together with the community – to bring great jobs, engage young people, and drive economic opportunity for all,” said Blair Taylor, chief community officer for Starbucks and chair of the Starbucks Foundation. “We want to be part of the solution in these communities and help create a sustainable future for those who may be looking for a second chance.”

Starbucks will hire on average 20 to 25 partners (employees) per store from the local community, providing a new pathway to opportunity through training and development, meaningful career options and industry-leading benefits that include the chance to get an online, tuition-free bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.

Starbucks also plans to collaborate with local women and minority owned contractors and businesses in the design and development of these stores, and work with women and minority owned suppliers to bring locally-made food products to the stores.

“There’s a quiet, much-needed movement underway to rebuild Ferguson” said Michael McMillan, chief executive officer for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, which recently broke ground on a new jobs and education center for youth in Ferguson. “Starbucks is stepping up and investing in our community in a way that will open up exciting opportunities for all. We hope more businesses will appreciate this city’s resilience and join us in turning what was a tragedy into a triumph.”

“We want to decrease the number of young men and women in Phoenix who are not connected to meaningful educational or career paths,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “I applaud Starbucks for helping low-income, diverse communities address this problem. These new Starbucks stores will help engage our young people with exciting new training opportunities and help support our city’s minority-owned and operated suppliers.”

“In making this commitment to open in Englewood, Starbucks, like Whole Foods, sees the opportunity and revitalization occurring in one of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods. This is further proof that when the public and private sectors come together to invest in communities, we can create new jobs and economic resources that will spur economic growth into the future,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“A new generation of young people – especially in low-income communities – are at risk for never, ever having a job,” said Congressman Bobby L. Rush of the 1st District of Illinois. “These young people are often neglected, especially those who are no longer in school or unable to find jobs, and are not being trained to be productive citizens in the workplace. We look forward to welcoming Starbucks to our Englewood community and share in their ongoing commitment to the training, employment and education of our nation’s youth.”

To determine which communities are a good fit for this store concept, Starbucks looks at all the available data on the socio-economic health of America’s cities to understand which communities have the biggest opportunity gaps, which have the biggest need for business investment and leadership, and where there is local movement underway to build a better future for its residents. The company plans to accelerate the development of these stores over the next three years with the goal of opening in at least 10 additional cities by 2018.  Starbucks will monitor the success of the stores for continued adoption to embed with our store development strategies.

Starbucks Foundation Announces $1.5 Million in Opportunity for Youth Grants in 15 U.S. Cities

Today, the Starbucks Foundation also announced it has awarded $1.5 million in Opportunity for Youth grants to 72 nonprofit organizations in 15 U.S. cities for fiscal year 2016. These grants, ranging from $5,000 to $75,000, build on the foundation’s long history of investing in proven, as well as innovative, programs that equip young people ages 16-24 with the skills and training required for the changing global economy. Starbucks partners (employees) engage and volunteer with the organizations to help young people become job-ready and develop skills to continue on the pathway of opportunity. Since launching in 1997, the Starbucks Foundation has grown to support communities around the globe. In 2014, the foundation gave $13.1 million in 2014, making 144 grants to nonprofit organizations, including $3.37 million to organizations supporting opportunity youth around the world.

“The Starbucks Foundation is dedicated to empowering our nation’s young people to seek out the right path forward through development and training, public service and volunteering, educational opportunities as job readiness,” said Taylor. “We are thrilled to be able to award $1.5 million to these well-deserving non-profits who will help multiply impact beyond our stores and make a meaningful impact to these young future leaders.”

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Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities

Starbucks Plans to Open Stores in Diverse, Under-represented Neighborhoods in 15 U.S. Cities