Youth Leadership Grants
The Starbucks Foundation believes in developing young people to become extraordinary leaders, by investing in the leadership skills required for the changing global economy.
At this time there are more than 1.2 billion 15 to 24 year olds, the largest global cohort of young people in history. Unfortunately, a growing number of these young people are disengaged and unemployed, often referred to as NEET (not engaged in employment, education, or training).
The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people ages 15 to 24 years old in the three following areas:
- Business Savvy: Having the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation; to make good decisions and achieve results.
- Social Conscience: Valuing the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community.
- Collaborative Communication: Engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions and cultures; ability to leverage new and creative ways of communication.
Please review our Youth Leadership Grant guidelines.
Grant Guidelines and Process
The Starbucks Foundation reviews the submissions on an annual basis; we accept letters of inquiry from November 1st to December 15th midnight PST through our online system.
Please review our Youth Leadership Grant guidelines. If your organization is within the United States and Canada and is a fit within these current grant guidelines, please submit a letter of inquiry through our online system. The Starbucks Foundation will review all letters of inquiry and will directly contact organizations (by the end of February) if we would like to invite an organization to submit a full grant proposal.
The Starbucks Foundation only reviews US and Canadian organizations Youth Leadership Grant requests through our annual online letter of inquiry process and does not accept unsolicited proposals through the mail or email.
We are currently reviewing requests for the Youth Leadership Grants from countries other than the US and Canada through a request for proposal (RFP) process in collaboration with our global partners.
Learn About our 2013 Youth Leadership Grant Recipients.