Mentoring organization, minority-owned coffee start-up

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Youth Leadership Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that provides mentorship and after-school programs for students, today announced that the Black & Brown Coffee House will lead its top 2022 school business plan competition, the Spirit of Service Challenge.

The Spirit of Service Challenge is a month-long mentorship and entrepreneurship program that offers both organizations the opportunity to expose students to lessons in marketing, labor, production and other aspects of development Business. During the program, students will acquire the business acumen to develop their own business plans and solve problems related to starting any business venture.

The Youth Leadership Foundation and the Black & Brown Coffee House seek to promote the development of young future leaders. In doing so, they hope to spark change by empowering underserved communities to succeed through education.

“As an organization whose founders also come from humble beginnings, we are thrilled to be able to create programs that will help young people in the district reach their full potential,” said Karel Leon, Founder of Black & Brown Coffee House. “We’ve seen with our own eyes how being equipped with the right tools and mentorship can change the trajectory of someone’s life towards a brighter future.”

The Spirit of Service Challenge will run from July 5-29, with judging on July 26.


– Black & Brown Coffee House donates 5% of sales to underserved communities. From this community fund, a portion will be donated to the Youth Leadership Foundation.
– Customers who order coffee from Black & Brown Coffee House will have the option to donate to the Youth Leadership Foundation.
– During the sixth annual Spirit of Service Challenge hosted by the Youth Leadership Foundation, Black & Brown Coffee House will offer workshops and presentations on producing, working and marketing to young leaders.

About YLF – Founded in 1997, the Youth Leadership Foundation serves 350 students each year with its quality mentorship programs at seven partner schools across the city. Regardless of the format, YLF programs offer one-on-one mentoring, character-building discussions, intentional parental engagement, and time dedicated to community building.

About Black & Brown Coffee House – Based in Washington, DC, Black & Brown Coffee House is a Black and Latino-owned coffee roaster. Roasting was created in response to the lack of coffee options that prioritize health, sustainability and fair treatment of coffee farmers. By working directly with producers to create blends that are naturally sweet and full of antioxidants, the roastery delivers coffee that tastes good, feels good, and feels good, too.

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Related images

Image 1: Founders and Farmers of Black & Brown Coffee

Black & Brown Coffee House founders Javier LLano (far left) and Karel Leon (yellow shirt, right) work hand in hand with their farmers in Colombia to produce single-origin coffee.

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