Youth Leadership Grants

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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.

While the opportunity to engage and develop young people is global, the work we do is tailored to each country and region. In 2013 we awarded nearly 100 Starbucks Youth Leadership Grants to local organizations in 16 countries activating almost 50,000 young people. We continue to innovate and involve our communities in identifying the opportunities and solutions we should invest in, leveraging our global scale but making sure our efforts resonate on a local level to ensure the greatest impact.

Please review our Youth Leadership Grant guidelines.

The Starbucks Foundation only accepts letters of inquiry from November 1st to December 15th midnight PST through our online system.

The Starbucks Foundation uses an annual letter of inquiry process for the Youth Leadership Grants and we do not accept unsolicited proposals 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. At this time our online letter of inquiry process is closed and we are not accepting letters of inquiry.
If your organization recently submitted a letter of inquiry for the 2014 Youth Leadership Grants, the Starbucks Foundation will directly contact your organizations in February 2014 to let you know if your organization was selected to complete a full Youth Leadership Grant proposal.

Learn About our 2013 Youth Leadership Grant Recipients.

Starbucks Youth Leadership Grantees


  • 2013 Grantees