Youth Work Placement Program

With youth unemployment rates at more than double the national average, 16-24 year-old Canadians are facing a national crisis and those who struggle with additional barriers are even more at-risk of remaining not just unemployed but unemployable. Together with Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) in Vancouver, Wood’s Homes in Calgary, and The Yonge Street Mission (YSM) in Toronto, Starbucks Canada helps Canada’s most disadvantaged youth get the skills and training they need to build better futures.

By investing in youth employment programs with each non-profit agency, Starbucks supports some of Canada’s most vulnerable young people—those who may be homeless, out of foster care or recovering from addiction; may have little or no high school education, may be unable to afford the rising costs of education; or may suffer from mental illness—through in-store work placements in the hopes that upon graduation, these youth will either find jobs or return to school to further their education.

Starbucks Work Placement Program

Our program in Vancouver builds on Starbucks Canada’s existing, decade-long work placement relationship with PCRS and the Baristas program. The Baristas program is a key component of the PCRS Youth Employment service, and offers life skills and employability workshops in addition to in-store training. Over the last 10 years, more than 350 youth have graduated from the Baristas program in lower mainland B.C. – more than 80 per cent of whom have either successfully gone back to school or have found employment, some hired on by Starbucks permanently.

Starbucks will expand its current work placement program with PCRS to include Wood’s Homes in Calgary and The Yonge Street Mission in Toronto. Wood’s Homes, a large not‐for‐profit Children’s Mental Health Centre in Calgary, will offer paid Starbucks work-placement to youth enrolled in its Culinary Arts program, which prepares at-risk or homeless youth for employment in the culinary field. The Yonge Street Mission, a community service agency serving thousands of Toronto’s poor and vulnerable since 1896, will offer paid Starbucks work-placements to street involved and homeless youth through its Employment Services’ Connecting Youth to Work program.

Starbucks and Youth

Starbucks has been committed to supporting youth in Canada since it opened its first café in Vancouver, B.C. Over the last 27 years, Starbucks Canada has been hiring and developing Canadian young people, with youth representing more than 60 per cent of the company’s partner (employee) base. Since 2009, Starbucks Canada, through the Starbucks Foundation, has awarded more than $794,000 Starbucks Youth Leadership Grants to youth organizations that equip and engage youth in business savvy, social conscience and collaborative communication.

About Pacific Resources Community Society

Pacific Community Resources is an award-winning, accredited, not-for-profit society serving Lower Mainland communities since 1984. The agency provides alternate education, employment, addiction counselling and prevention services, housing support, and cultural enrichment for children, youth, adults and families. Pacific Community Resources is committed to community-based research, advocacy, and community development to identify service gaps and strategies to address social problems such as poverty, child abuse, mental health, substance abuse, violence and homelessness. For more information, please visit

About Wood’s Homes

Wood’s Homes is a multi-service, nationally recognized children’s mental health centre based in Calgary. It provides 35+ programs and services in six locations in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. A non-profit, Wood’s Homes staff of 400 works with more than 20,000 vulnerable children, youth and families every year from across Canada. For more information, please visit

About The Yonge Street Mission

The Yonge Street Mission has worked on the front lines of poverty in Toronto since 1896, providing free meals, healthcare, clothing, job training and education, counselling, and help to thousands of individuals and families. For more information, please visit