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Opportunity for Youth

Starbucks is committed to creating pathways to opportunities and employment in communities around the world.

More than 290 million young people around the world are neither in school nor employed – one of the fastest growing populations . These young men and women represent a huge, untapped opportunity for an infusion of productivity and creativity in the workforce. At the same time there are also challenges for employers to find qualified candidates. The problem is not unique to Starbucks, nor can it be solved by us alone. That is why we are focusing on a comprehensive approach and collaborating with organizations on proven, as well as innovative, solutions to help young people get the skills and training they need to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy.

Here are some of the examples which highlight how we are using our growing scale (our stores, our partners, our supply chain) to invest in communities locally and globally:

  • Customer Service Excellence Training with YouthBuild USA – (United States) Starbucks is working with the Schultz Family Foundation and YouthBuild USA to prepare young people from disadvantaged backgrounds for careers in retail and customer service. During the course, students receive classroom and on-the-job training in a café, based on a similar training approach that Starbucks baristas receive in thousands of stores around the world.
  • Starbucks Work Placement Program – (Canada) Starbucks is helping support youth employment programs in Calgary, Toronto, and Vancouver, which combine in-class core life skills and employability training with real-life on-the-job work placement experience.
  • Starbucks Apprenticeship - Barista Mastery and Customer Service – (United Kingdom) Starbucks has helped created an apprenticeship program for youth who are looking to gain a variety of transferrable skills while building a retail management career.
  • Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) – (China) Furthering our eight-year relationship with CSCLF, the Youth Leadership Development Program helps students build their skills and access mentorships with Starbucks senior leaders.

Opportunity for Youth Grants

Starting in 2015, the Starbucks Foundation moved to an invitation-only grants process for our US and Canadian grants. The Starbucks Foundation will no longer offer an open letter of inquiry. Additionally, we are now making larger grants in fewer key cities to ensure the most impact.

For answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding our social investments, see our Community Investments FAQ.

2016 Starbucks Opportunity for Youth Grants

The Starbucks Foundation believes in creating pathways to lifelong opportunity for young people. We are proud to partner with organizations who are providing the training and experiences needed to help opportunity youth become job ready.

To learn more about the grant organizations, click the link below:

2016 Starbucks Foundation Grant Recipients