Starbucks Canada Expands Canadian Program for At-Risk Youth


TORONTO — Starbucks Canada is joining forces with three not-for-profit organizations in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto to expand life and work skills to Canadian youth facing crisis or barriers.


“For thousands of young Canadians, June marks a time for celebration as students plan for graduation ceremonies and prepare for their future careers. But for many of Canada’s most at-risk and disadvantaged youth, there is no graduation, no future planning and no opportunity for a career,” said Luisa Girotto, director, Public Affairs and Community, Starbucks Canada. “Together with three incredible organizations, we’re giving the gift of hope to youth who have struggled with difficult upbringings — hope to get off the edge of the streets and hope for a brighter future.”

Pacific Community Resources Society in Vancouver, Wood’s Homes in Calgary and Yonge Street Mission in Toronto will come together with Starbucks to provide life skills, training and work placement experience to help Canadians, between the age of 16 and 24, build better futures.

Since 2009, Starbucks Canada has awarded more than $794,000 Starbucks Youth Leadership grants to youth organizations.


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