Ferguson Starbucks part of company’s new youth employment initiative

When Starbucks opens its first location in Ferguson next year it will be one of at least five of the chain coffee shop’s stores forming a pilot program to help American youth get skills and training needed for employment — even if they don’t work for Starbucks.

The store will be 300 to 400 square feet larger than a normal Starbucks, and the extra space will be used for coaching youth ages 16 to 24 in “soft skills” such as how to dress for work and how to understand what is expected from them as employees. Starbucks is currently in talks with local nonprofit groups such as the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis about providing the mentoring.

Read more in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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