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Starbucks Seeks to Highlight Community Youth Leaders

The Starbucks Foundation offers grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 each year for programs or services focused on youth between the age of 6 and 24. In the U.S., only 501(c)(3) non-profit are eligible. Proposals should focus on or include at least one of the following areas:

Youth active in the leadership of the organization. Telling stories of emerging young leaders. Building bridges between and among different youth communities.

Youth Justice Barbecue Celebrates Juvenile Code Rewrite Progress

Advocates, youth and members of the public gathered this weekend at Exchange Park in Decatur, Ga. to celebrate a year of progress toward juvenile code reform in Georgia. VOX Teen Communications hosted the barbecue along with a coalition of youth-focused non-profits that have concentrated on making proposed changes to Georgia’s Juvenile Code a reality. JUSTGeorgia, EmpowerMEnt, the Sapelo Foundation and VOX Teen Communications have formed a mesh of alliances to give youth a voice in matters that affect them and advocate for the first changes in the Children’s Code in more than four decades. An initiative started by Giovan Bazan and Octavia Fugerson at VOX Teen Communications more than a year ago sought to collect the voices of youth from around the state who were directly affected by the juvenile or foster care systems. The series generated such a positive response it was pursued by EmpowerMEnt and spearheaded by Bazan and other youth leaders after the founders aged-out of work at VOX.