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Meet 26-year old Washington Starbucks store manager, Steven Perez. Not only is he the store manager for the South Hill Starbucks in Washington and the coach for the Emerald Ridge High School's football team, but he is also an advocate for Junior Achievement.

His community involvement was acknowledged earlier this year when Starbucks' executive vice president, president U.S. Retail, Kris Engskov and company leaders applauded his hard work to establish community connections throughout the Washington Puyallup area.

Perez responded, "Wherever we are, our mission is to be involved in the community. We don't want to just be a coffee company, we want to be a people company."

Coach Perez became even more involved with his community when he volunteered in the Puyallup School District's "Ignite the Future" program which teaches students in junior high basic skills for the working world. His involvement in the local high school aligns with Starbucks avocation for Junior Achievement's ability to teach students skills for the working world. Topics taught in this school program range from balancing a checkbook to practicing interviewing skills, the soft skills that are highly important in today's workforce.

To honor Perez' impact on the Puyallup region's youth, Perez was recognized by the Puyallup School District's chief operations officer for his success in helping teach students life skills and being awarded the honorary Starbucks Pacific Northwest coin by the Starbucks executive vice president.

From managing a community-focused Starbucks to teaching high school student's football and skills for the working world one thing is for certain, Perez has made his mark on the future of Puyallup community. Want more uplifting community impact stories? Click HERE 

Needles, A. (2017, July 18). Starbucks shines spotlight on Puyallup store manager. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from<http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/puyallup-herald/ph-news/article162266563.html>

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