29 Apr '16, 11am

Q&A with Starbucks #Ferguson store manager who says, 'I was opportunity youth’

“I was, in essence, the opportunity youth Starbucks is trying to help.” That’s what the store manager Cordell Lewis told us as we talked about growing up in Missouri, his new career with Starbucks, and how he’ll coach the partners he hired for Starbucks first store in Ferguson. Opportunity Youth are generally defined as those between the ages of 16 and 24 who aren’t in school and aren’t working. Why do you say that term described you when you were younger?” I came from a single-parent family. My mom worked two jobs to raise me and my sister. We were on welfare and it was tough at times. When I was a sophomore in high school I got involved with the wrong crowd. I was skipping school and started heading down the wrong path. Fortunately, I had a coach who saw a spark in me. I always ran track and one day at practice he asked if I could catch a football, and by the grace of so...

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