01 Dec '17, 3pm

Starbucks Youth Leadership Council offers advice and support | Starbucks Newsroom

By Bonnie Rochman/Starbucks Newsroom Growing up in foster care, Sokah Marrero shied away from forming relationships. It wasn’t emotionally safe because she was never sure how long she’d be sticking around. When she landed a job as a Starbucks barista at age 19, she wasn’t prepared for the emphasis on human connections. She cringed each time she had to hand over a drink. “It wasn’t comfortable for me to look people in the eye and say ‘here’s your latte’ and smile,” said Marrero, of South Hadley, Mass. Her store manager tried to coach her through her anxiety, but Marrero quit, too stressed out. Life spiraled out of control. She ran away from her foster home, drank too much and smoked too much and got arrested for driving with an open container of alcohol. Desperate to turn things around, Marrero returned to Starbucks a year later and begged the store manager for her job back...

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