Starbucks Canada Launches Canadian Work Placement Program for At-Risk Youth

Starbucks Canada Launches Canadian Work Placement Program for At-Risk Youth 
Starbucks Canada Joins Forces with Three Leading Not-for-Profit Organizations 
to Expand Life and Work Skills Development in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto 
TORONTO, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - With youth unemployment rates at more than 
double the national average(i), 16-24 year-old Canadians are facing a national 
crisis and  those who struggle with additional barriers are even more at-risk 
of remaining not just unemployed but unemployable.    Today, Starbucks Canada 
announced it is taking steps to help Canada's most disadvantaged youth get the 
skills and training they need to build better futures with the expansion of 
the Starbucks Canada work-placement and barista training program. 
Together with Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) in Vancouver; Wood's 
Homes in Calgary; and Yonge Street Mission (YSM) in Toronto, Starbucks Canada 
will support youth employment programs in each city, which combine in-class 
core life skills and employability training with real-life on-the-job work 
placement experience.   The company will invest $840,000 over the next three 
years to drive this program.    In its first year, Starbucks will support 134 
barriered youth - those who may be homeless, out of foster care or recovering 
from addiction; may have little or no high school education, may be unable to 
afford the rising costs of education; or may suffer from mental illness -with 
in-store work-placements, in the hopes that upon graduation, these young 
people will either find jobs or go back to school to further their education. 
"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," says 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." 
Starbucks has been committed to supporting youth in Canada since it opened its 
first café in Vancouver. B.C.   Over the last 27 years, Starbucks Canada has 
been hiring and developing Canadian young people, with youth representing more 
than 60 per cent of the company's partner (employee) base.  Since 2009, 
Starbucks Canada, through the Starbucks Foundation, has awarded more than 
$794,000 Starbucks Youth Leadership grants to youth organizations that equip 
and engage young in business savvy, social conscience and collaborative 
Today's announcement builds on Starbucks Canada's existing, decade-long work 
placement relationship with PCRS and the Baristas program. The Baristas 
program is a key component of the PCRS Youth Employment service, and offers 
life skills and employability workshops in addition to in-store training.  
Over the last 10 years, more than 350 youth have graduated from the Baristas 
program in lower mainland B.C. - more than 80 per cent of whom have either 
successfully gone back to school or have found employment, some hired on by 
Starbucks permanently. 
"Over the past decade, our relationship with Starbucks has been really 
valuable to the youth we serve," says Ingrid Kastens, Executive Director of 
Pacific Community Resources Society. "As such, we are thrilled to expand this 
relationship.  Our work-placement relationship with Starbucks Canada supports 
youth in overcoming many challenges while they gain a meaningful work 
experience with a great employer.  Starbucks staff have been incredibly 
supportive of young people, welcoming them into their stores and assisting 
them as they transition to successful employment and contributing citizens." 
Beginning late summer, Starbucks will expand its current work placement 
program with PCRS to include Wood's Homes in Calgary and The Yonge Street 
Mission in Toronto.  Wood's Homes, a large not?for?profit Children's Mental 
Health Centre in Calgary, will offer paid Starbucks work-placement to youth 
enrolled in its Culinary Arts program, which prepares at-risk or homeless 
youth for employment in the culinary field. The Yonge Street Mission, a 
community service agency serving thousands of Toronto's poor and vulnerable 
since 1896, will offer paid Starbucks work-placements to street involved and 
homeless youth through its Employment Services' Connecting Youth to Work 
"The goal of our youth employment program is to give vulnerable young people a 
fair chance at securing meaningful jobs," says Wood's Homes Director Dean 
Soenen. "We are thrilled with the opportunity to work with Starbucks Canada in 
meeting this goal together. Wood's Homes believes that youth at risk of living 
on the street due to a variety of challenges, deserve opportunities to build 
better life and job skills. We thank Starbucks Canada for appreciating the 
importance of community support - joining in our commitment to serve the 
children, adolescents and families in our community." 
Gail Meats, Director of Employment Services at The Yonge Street Mission, says. 
  "The demand from our youth to access work-placements far exceeds space. This 
collaboration with Starbucks Canada will help break down the barriers for 
street involved youth to gain employability skills and invaluable work 
experience that will prepare them for future employment and life success." 
Starbucks Canada is proud to be named Top Ideal Employer in Canada by 
undergraduate students in the 2014 Universum Student Survey as well as one of 
Canada's Best Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute for the fourth 
consecutive year. 
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About Starbucks Corporation 
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing 
and roasting high quality arabica coffee.  Today, with stores around the 
globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in 
the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding 
principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every 
customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our 
stores or online at 
About Pacific Resources Community Society 
Pacific Community Resources is an award winning, accredited, not-for-profit 
society serving Lower Mainland communities since 1984.  The agency provides 
alternate education, employment, addiction counselling and prevention 
services, housing support, and cultural enrichment for children, youth, adults 
and families. Pacific Community Resources is committed to community-based 
research, advocacy, and community development to identify service gaps and 
strategies to address social problems such as poverty, child abuse, mental 
health, substance abuse, violence and homelessness. For more information, 
please visit 
About Wood's Homes 
Wood's Homes is a multi-service, nationally recognized children's mental 
health centre based in Calgary.  It provides 35+ programs and services in six 
locations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A non-profit, Wood's Homes 
staff of 400 works with more than 20,000 vulnerable children, youth and 
families every year from across Canada.  Founded by Reverend George Wood, the 
organization is celebrating its 100(th) anniversary this year.  For more 
information, please visit 
About The Yonge Street Mission 
Since 1896, YSM has provided emergency help and fostered long-term change for 
thousands of individuals and families and in the community itself. The Yonge 
Street Mission has introduced many innovations in outreach, housing, 
education, health care, and education. A trusted leader in our neighbourhoods, 
we are also partners with numerous organizations and public agencies. For more 
information, please visit 
________________________________ (i) Labour Force Survey, May 2014, Statistics 

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