The AAKOMA Project received a grant from The Starbucks Foundation as part of the organization’s $1.5 million contribution shared across more than 400 nonprofits working to promote racial equity and create more inclusive communities.

AAKOMA Project founder Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble thanked the Starbucks partners and the Starbucks Foundation for selecting the AAKOMA Project as a Neighborhood Grant recipient.

“Knowing that so many members of the Starbucks family see us and support our work in reducing mental health disparities facing youth and young adults of color is deeply meaningful.” Dr. Breland-Noble said, ” This generosity will allow us to continue our much-needed work in mental health during this time of COVID-19 and racial reckoning and it lays the groundwork for a beautiful partnership between AAKOMA and our Arlington, VA and DC area Starbucks partners.”

Starbucks Neighborhood Grants “are intended to help build sustained local impact and inspire increased partner volunteerism with nonprofit organizations that work in our communities.” This round of awards focused on supporting Black-led organizations and organizations that serve Black and Indigenous communities “promoting economic mobility and opportunity, health and social services and youth.” Since its inception in September 2019, the Neighborhood Grants program has awarded nearly 2,000 grants totaling nearly $4 million to nonprofits in the United States and Canada.

About The AAKOMA Project: The AAKOMA Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping diverse teenagers, young adults and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support. Find out more at https://AAKOMAproject.org/.