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Starbucks and YES partner for youth job access
Career fair helps teens receiving YES services learn about job opportunities

YES is abuzz about its new partnership with Starbucks, which is helping teens who are receiving YES' services access job opportunities.

On July 13, Starbucks launched a major youth hiring initiative. And on July 14, local hiring managers (at right) came to YES for the first-ever Starbucks Career Open House.

The managers talked with teens about part-time jobs and retail careers, workplace benefits including tuition assistance, helped teens apply for positions and gave interview tips. The hope is that the partnership will result in qualified, dedicated employees for Starbucks, and career and education opportunities for YES' teen service recipients.
YES staff member honoredDavid Downing
Alliance of Eastside Agencies recognizes Associate Director David Downing

In June, YES Associate Director David Downing received the Leadership Award at the Alliance of Eastside Agencies' (AEA) Annual Spring Awards Luncheon for his many years of service as the AEA board chair.  

"David is an inspiration," said AEA co-chair Rochelle Clayton Strunk. "He has an incredible understanding of the complexities and challenges that the human service organizations face, as well as the needs of our community."

Other award winners include:
  • Elected Official of the Year: Claudia Balducci, Mayor of Bellevue
  • Business: Microsoft, accepted by Jim Stanton
  • Faith Organization: Holy Family Parish 
  • Nonprofit Staff: Hillary Rossi, AtWork!
  • Youth Volunteer: Sarah Stewart, Communities That Care Coalition
  • Volunteer of the Year: Sylvia Polet, Hopelink

AEA helps build healthy communities in east King County through a strong human services network. Learn more at
Success Mentoring program holds annual celebration dinner
Mentors and mentees gather to celebrate the relationships that have grown from mentorship

Studies show that kids who have a mentor are less likely to skip school and less likely to use drugs and alcohol. But the even higher value may be the deep relationships that develop between a mentor and mentee.

On May 20, the Success Mentoring program held a dinner to celebrate those extraordinary relationships, and the kids and adults who have taken the time to forge them.

Learn more about the Success program >