Jun 04, 2017

Starbucks Opportunity Café opens doors for ambitious youth

Hundreds of young people attend Entrepreneurship and Employment workshops

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May, 2017: More than 400 young people across the MENA region have boosted their chances of getting a job or starting their own business after attending Starbucks’ “Opportunity Café” initiative last month. In all, 36 professional trainers from Bayt.com, Education For Employment (EFE), AMIDEAST, Silatech, and 122 dedicated Starbucks partners (employees), presented successful workshops on CV writing, employability and entrepreneurship.

 “Last year, I attended the CV writing workshop when I was searching for a job, and I found a job shortly afterwards. Now I am working on starting my own business and Starbucks organized a Startup workshop. The timing is perfect!” said Ahmed from Kuwait.


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The workshops were held in 28 Starbucks stores across 10 countries, and built on last year’s successful Opportunity Café initiative by bringing together the largest group of experts on the subjects of employability and entrepreneurship to date.

“It is inspiring to see the level of energy and enthusiasm when these young people talk about their dreams and what they aspire to achieve. This tells me that the Opportunity Café is actually touching the lives of hundreds of young people and getting them one step closer to achieving their ambitions,” said Rana Shaheen, Regional Communications and CSR Manager for Starbucks MENA.




Opportunity Café is part of Starbucks Global month of Service, which was founded to provide the right tools and platforms for youth who are facing obstacles and feel disconnected from experts, institutions and experiences needed to help them succeed and fulfil their ambitions.

Rania Nseir, Business Development & CSR Director Bayt.com, said: "At Bayt.com, our mission is to empower people with the tools and technologies to lead their lifestyle of choice. The success of this year's Opportunity Cafe is among countless occasions were we've stayed true to our mission of empowerment."


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Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President, Education For Employment – Global, said: “We are proud to partner with Starbucks to implement the Opportunity Café for a second year in a row, going beyond the classroom to bring youth practical CV and interview tips to help them transform their futures through employment.”

Barbra Shahin Batlouni, AMIDEAST/Lebanon Country Director said: “Participating in this year’s edition of Opportunity Café was a very exciting initiative for AMIDEAST: providing youth with diverse options for their careers, including starting their own businesses. We were pleased by the enthusiastic response of youth to these workshops.”e projects across 10 markets in the MENA region.





While the workshops are designed to equip youth with guidance on CV writing and entrepreneurship opportunities, they also provide a range of on-going complementary professional career services through the partnership with Bayt.com. Similarly, youth ambitious in establishing their own startups are invited to explore entrepreneurship learning opportunities on Silatech’s “Ta3mal” platform that’s designed to connect young entrepreneurs to mentors, partners and funding.

In 2011, Starbucks declared April as its Global Month of Service, creating the opportunity for Starbucks partners (employees) and customers to connect and volunteer to serve their community. Since 2013, Starbucks MENA has contributed over 20,000 service hours to its local communities and brought together over 3,000 volunteers in 34 city-wide projects across 10 markets in the MENA region.