North Star Youth Partnership receives $15,000 Starbucks™ Youth Action Grant
Funds will be used to expand North Star’s Teens Taking Action and other youth leadership and service-learning programs
Prescott, Ariz. (June 14, 2012) ─ North Star Youth Partnership, a program of Catholic Charities Community Services, received a $15,000 Youth Action Grant from Starbucks. The funds will be used to expand North Star’s Teen Taking Action and other leadership and service-learning programs in the Quad Cities.
“We are so grateful to receive the funding because our North Star program aligns so well with Starbuck’s mission of engaging youth in the community. We are excited to work with such a like-minded company,” said Diane DeLong, senior program manager of Catholic Charities’ North Star program. “With Starbuck’s generous gift, we’ll be able to do more service projects in the community and involve more youth and teens, especially our through our growing partnership with Prescott Mile High Middle School.”
North Star’s leadership programs teach youth how to make valuable contributions through youth-led community and school-based projects. Through service-learning, teens develop a “toolkit” of life skills that will benefit them and their communities for the rest of their lives.
DeLong said expanding the programs to touch more middle-school youth makes them more likely to continue with leadership and service-learning programs during their high school years.
As part of Starbucks company-wide commitment to helping communities thrive wherever it does business, the Youth Action Grant engages young people around the world to innovate and take action in their communities.
“By mobilizing young people to be change makers in their communities, we’re tapping into a generation eager to be a force for good in their own neighborhoods,” said Cecilia Carter, Starbucks vice president of Global Diversity and Community Affairs. “We hope our Youth Action Grants will enable a new generation of creative problem-solvers to make a meaningful impact in their communities while gaining valuable life skills.”
In addition to the grant, Starbucks at Depot Marketplace is providing volunteers and snacks for other North Star programs, including Girl Talk, Girls & Sports Day and Teen Maze.
Since 2008, Starbucks has awarded more than $8 million in Youth Action Grants to a multitude of non-profit organizations that have engaged more than 120,000 young people in community activities. Additional details about Starbucks community initiatives are available at Starbucks.com/Responsibility/Community.
About Catholic Charities Community Services & its North Star Youth Partnership
Catholic Charities Community Services helps our community's most vulnerable with solutions that permanently improve lives. We help people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities. Last year, we touched 90,715 lives in Central and Northern Arizona. We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Children and Family Services and are a member organization of Catholic Charities USA. To learn more visit CatholicCharitiesAZ.org.
North Star Youth Partnership is committed to developing healthy, self-assured, positive and engaged youth through educational, recreational, leadership and service-learning opportunities. We give Northern Arizona youth, ages 7-18, confidence, a positive direction, and the opportunity to realize a successful future through leadership and service. To learn more, visit Northstaryouth.org.
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. 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 starbucks.com.
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