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Local Starbucks community store is now 'one in a million'

Local Starbucks community store is now 'one in a million' »Play Video
SEATTLE - A local Starbucks store got a special designation this week - becoming the first store in Seattle to officially partner with a local nonprofit.

Under the new model, the community and a multinational corporation benefit together.

There are more than 32 Starbucks stores around and near downtown Seattle, but you'll be hard pressed to find one more popular than the shop at 23rd Avenue and Jackson Street.

It's the place the community has long gathered to chat or grab a cup of coffee. But now it's something else - a store that gives back.

This is the first so called "community store" in the state of Washington - one of only five in the United States that partners with a local nonprofit.

"We are opening our community store here in Seattle," says Patricia Hayden of the YWCA. "It's a really exciting day."

"This store will share a percentage of its profits with the YWCA, which will then go right back in the community to help those young women in their life's journey," says Starbucks' Blair Taylor.

Starting this week, 15 cents of every transaction made here will go to the YWCA - an estimated $100,000 in the first year alone - to help fund the "Girls First" program.

"It's designed to help young girls transition from middle school to high school," says Hayden. "We focus on leadership, we focus on internships."

Starbucks and the YWCA say it's a win-win. Starbucks ties itself to the community with hopes to attract more customers, and the YWCA gets a new revenue stream to support disenfranchised youth.

"We really do encourage girls that are economically deprived to participate because those that are don't often get the kinds of advantages that those with a lot more money do," says Hayden.

It's proof that in a time that when it seems there's a Starbucks on every block, some can prove to be one in a million.

Starbucks wants to expand the community store model. While only five are open now, they want to have 50 open in the next five years.