People often ask how Starbucks gives back to the local community. From the neighborhoods where our stores are located, to those where our coffee is grown – we believe in being involved in the communities we’re a part of. Bringing people together, inspiring change and making a difference in people’s lives – it’s all part of being a good neighbor. And it’s a commitment rooted in the belief that we can use our scale to be a catalyst for change.
My name is Joelle and I work on the Global Responsibility team. Today I want to share with you one fantastic area where Starbucks is involved in local communities. Through grants, called the Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ Youth Grant, Starbucks provides funding to nonprofit organizations that support young people in creating change in their local community. These grants help move us forward in reaching our Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ goal of supporting 50,000 young people in creating change in their local community.
While I could write stories about the grant recipients, I know it is much more interesting and personal to meet them yourself through video. Below is the first of several short videos showcasing the stories of our grant recipients. I hope you enjoy it and maybe, just maybe, it will inspire you to be a catalyst for change in your community.
(Watch video here)