City set to fund program set up by 2 arrested at Starbucks

November 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is looking for a non-profit group to help set up a program for young entrepreneurs, a key part of the city’s settlement with two black men who were arrested for sitting at a Starbucks without ordering anything.

Project Elevate was established by Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson and will operate in city high schools.

The men settled with the city in May for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a program for young entrepreneurs. The city announced Monday they will award a grant of $200,000 to a non-profit group to design a pilot phase of the program.

Video of their April arrest prompted a national outcry and led the CEO of Starbucks to personally apologize to the men. The company also changed store policies and closed shops across the country one afternoon for bias training.

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