Starbucks Youth Action


Starbucks Youth Action 2015 / 2016 applications are now closed BUT we recently visited one of our funded projects and have produced a film with SBTV about the work they have been doing.  Please have a read below to find out more and watch the film. Do keep an eye on our Website for future funding information.


Local youth club celebrates funding win

  • Sands End receives funding from Starbucks Youth Action, delivered by UK Youth 
  • New film about Sands End Youth Club in Fulham produced with SBTV
  • Youth Club receives surprise visit from Jamal Edwards, MBE


Sands End Youth Club based in Fulham is to feature in a new short film produced by SBTV, the leading online youth broadcaster founded by Jamal Edwards, MBE. Launching today on the SBTV nation-wide channel, the film celebrates the work of the club and will feature in a special screening at the youth club this evening.


The film and celebration pays tribute to the club’s work with local young people which achieved funding from the Starbucks Youth Action initiative run by UK Youth with Starbucks. The film also shows Jamal Edwards’ surprise visit to Sands End Youth Club during a recent football tournament where he met and spent time with the young people and youth workers. 


Sands End Youth Club, which opened in 2010, brings groups of local young people together to create greater cohesion through sports and provides young people with increased opportunities to build self-confidence and employability skills. A weekly cookery school and creative writing course has been created and a fully functioning music studio is being built.  In addition, a weekly football tournament has also been set up and two football teams  from different London areas have joined forces to enter the local football league. Their success is on the rise with two solid wins under their belt and one of the Starbucks Youth Action project leads, Kai has just been offered a two-year scholarship with Cheltenham FC.


Jamila Jama, Sands End Youth Club: “I’m thrilled with the progress the club has made in the last six years. The funding from Starbucks Youth Action has meant we have been able to continue in progressing our plans to help the local community. My aim and hope is to create a place where young people can become totally self-sufficient and take ownership of the projects they believe in.”


Simon Redfern, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Starbucks, Europe said: “We’re delighted that the funding and mentorship provided by the Starbucks Youth Action initiatives means organisations like Sands End Youth Club are able to make their dreams a reality and better the lives of those the club supports. The Starbucks Youth Action initiative is all about giving these hungry entrepreneurs a helping hand, providing mentorship and guidance for the greater good of both business and community.”


Anna Smee, chief executive of UK Youth, partners in Starbucks Youth Action said: “We are excited to see the drive and motivation of Sands End Youth Club. Often in my experience of working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, the hardest thing for them to do is believe in themselves. Programmes like Starbucks Youth Action give them the opportunity to try something new, develop their skills and build confidence”


To help young people bring their ideas to life, Starbucks Youth Action supports young NEET people, not in education or employment, with a programme that provides mentorship and guidance throughout their journey. Launched in September last year, the programme is delivered by UK Youth and has offered over 100 grants to successful 16-25 year olds who have a community idea they want to bring to life.


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