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Philadelphia Youth Network Selected to Receive Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth Grant on Behalf of Project U-Turn


Category: PYN | May 8, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA– May 8, 2015 – The Philadelphia Youth Network on behalf of Project U-Turn was selected as a Starbucks Foundation Opportunity for Youth Grant recipient toward its E3 Power Centers, which help to dramatically improve education and employment outcomes for opportunity youth, focusing on post-secondary persistence and success for young men and boys of color.

"Thanks to the Starbucks Foundation and the OYIF SIF, we can work to create a structured post-secondary bridging program that ensures a smoother pathway from secondary to post-secondary credential attainment for some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable young people," said Philadelphia Youth Network President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend. "All of the partners involved in this work are thrilled to accept this opportunity. With this investment, the E3 centers will help youth transition into their post-secondary choice and build successful futures filled with economic prosperity and fulfillment."

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 Starbucks Foundation believes in providing these young men and women with pathways to opportunity by investing in programs that equip them with the skills required for the changing global economy. The foundation is focusing on a comprehensive approach and collaborating with nonprofit 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. Since 2008, Starbucks has awarded more than $8 million 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

Additional details regarding the SIF grant are available at


About Project U-Turn

Project U-Turn is a citywide campaign to understand, focus public attention on and, most importantly, resolve Philadelphia's dropout crisis. It is led by a citywide collaborative whose members include representatives of the School District, City agencies, foundations, youth-serving organizations, parents and young people themselves. The collaborative is managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, and operates as a subcommittee of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success. For more information, visit

About Starbucks

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

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