26 Sep '14, 5pm

Phoenix Mayor joins #Starbucks in New Initiative to Support City’s Opportunity #Youth

It’s not every day that Aletha Pearson, 23, joins the mayor for coffee to discuss issues facing her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Pearson was one of 20 community leaders and constituents invited to a local Starbucks store by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Together with Starbucks, they kicked off a series of town hall meetings to find solutions for the city’s opportunity youth – those 16-24 year olds who are neither in school nor employed. The event (Sept. 25) was the first of six meetings that are part of Solutions City ℠, a national initiative conceived by Starbucks and mayors in five U.S. cities, to bring together residents and local leaders at neighborhood Starbucks stores to address civic challenges. Addressing the first town hall on Thursday, Pearson recalled her personal journey from dropping out of Phoenix’s school system to growing up in an unstable, often demoralizin...

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