More and more young people around the globe are taking action to improve their communities; yet most struggle to secure the support needed to expand their impact. Through the Starbucks™ Youth Action Grants program, that’s now changing with 19 youth-led initiatives being the latest to receive grants through the company’s partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

The grants, of approximately $10,000 each, will support the efforts of young social innovators to deliver peace education in northwest Pakistan, equip war-affected youth with livelihood skills in Uganda, and provide microcredit to low-income entrepreneurs in Brazil. These youth-led projects are among 84 initiatives in 30 countries to receive support through the IYF-Starbucks™ partnership since 2007.

The Youth Action Grants program is a key component of the Starbucks™ commitment to communities. IYF and Starbucks™ chose grant recipients were selected in order to make funding available to young leaders who have completed IYF’s YouthActionNet® fellowship program.

“Today’s global movement of youth leading change represents an enormous resource for solving serious social and environmental challenges,” said IYF President and CEO Bill Reese. "Starbucks™ investment has been invaluable to these young leaders by enabling  them to scale up their impact, increase their visibility, attract new partners, and influence policies.”

“We offer our hearty congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Youth Action Grants,” said Rodney Hines, Starbucks™ Director of Community Investments. “IYF’s Fellows are powerful role models for their peers and others – creating ripples of change in communities around the globe.”

Among the 19 projects to receive Starbucks™ funding are:

  • CoDesign Studio, Australia: Founded by Lucinda Hartley, CoDesign will train 100 young design professionals with the skills to develop innovative ‘built’ solutions to improve the quality of life in low-income communities. To learn more, visit: www.codesignstudio.com.au.
  • Plan B, Kenya: Co-founded by George Gachara, Plan B will create video and art installations on ten college campuses designed to engage youth in positive dialogue and debate around structural inequalities in Kenya in preparation for the 2012 Kenyan elections.
  • Kranti, India: Co-founded by Robin Chaurasiya, Kranti will provide food and housing for 20 girls who have survived sexual trafficking, while equipping them with education, job skills, and leadership training. To learn more, visit: www.kranti-india.org.
  • NOTIS, Ukraine: NOTIS, led by Anastasiya Gerets, will design and produce ‘tactile maps’ in Braille to assist visually-impaired individuals in navigating public spaces. To learn more, visit: http://jurist.org.ua/notis.
  • Planeta Océano: Launched by Kerstin Forsberg, Planeta Océana will train 30 low-income youth, ages 15 to 25, in three communities to lead coastal and marine conservation projects. To learn more, visit: www.planetaoceano.org.

A committee comprised of IYF staff and Starbucks™ partners (employees) selected the final grant recipients.

Learn more about the StarbucksTM Youth Action Grants program and the planned activities of all 19 grant recipients.