A cuppa joe for a good cause

Yesterday I was contacted about a new coffee shop opening up in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. As a recent college grad myself, I know how students need their caffeinated beverages, so another coffee shop opening is no ground-breaking venture. As I read the news release though, I realized that this shop is not just another Purple Onion. ARAMARK, the company which provides dining services to the U, partnered with a local non-profit to sell coffee and help at-risk youth. CityKid Java Café is the first shop to sell the coffee and employ city youth (as well as university students) so they can gain valuable work experience. The press release states:

…Urban Ventures [is] a South Minneapolis non-profit organization which assists community residents in securing sustainable, safe and thriving neighborhood environments. Through the sale of CityKid Java coffee, Urban Ventures funds athletic programming and learning labs for at-risk youth and their families.

So if you ever find yourself in or around Carlson, check out the CityKid café. Who doesn’t like giving back to the community?

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