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A Starbucks Original Series: After taking a bullet in the face, a woman forgives her assailant and fights to free him. Ian Manuel was just 13 when he shot Debbie Baigrie. A year into his life sentence, he called her to apologize. That eventually led to her forgiveness, an unlikely friendship and a mission to help free him.
A Starbucks Original Series: A mother rallies neighbors and quells critics to make her city a home for refugees. Mary Poole, a mother with no background in foreign policy, convinced her community to welcome refugees by harnessing hundreds of volunteers and embracing her opponents.
A Starbucks Original Series: Two Navy SEALs help wounded warriors regain strength and confidence through surfing. Navy SEALs Alex West and Kyle Buckett spend their nights and weekends designing specialized surfboards for wounded warriors, helping them find strength and confidence in the waves.
To mark the release of Season 2 of Upstanders, Starbucks series highlighting ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change, the Starbucks Foundation is launching the “Upstanders Challenge” and awarding more than half a million dollars in grants to charities making a difference in their communities.
Upstanders is a unique collection of short stories and films about ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Upstanders help inspire us to be better citizens.
A Starbucks Original Series: A former GOP congressman sounds an alarm on climate change among members of his party. Former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis, who once scoffed at climate change, overcame a humiliating defeat by deciding to take on skeptics within his party.
A Starbucks Original Series: A first responder bares his secrets to help others combat post-traumatic stress. Seattle firefighter Mike Washington told colleagues about some of his most painful and personal moments to encourage them to seek help and draw more attention to stress among our nation’s first responders.
A Starbucks Original Series: A woman drains her retirement fund to rebuild her struggling Rust Belt hometown. Ami Vitori gave up a successful big-city career and tapped her retirement fund to help rebuild the struggling Rust Belt community of Middletown, Ohio.