Starbucks CEO will mentor black men arrested in Philadelphia store

The two black men who were arrested for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything last month have not only reached a settlement with the coffee chain, they will also be personally mentored by the company's CEO.

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, both 23, will be mentored by Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, after the three met following the April 12 arrest.

'The CEO of Starbucks is going to personally mentor these two young men going forward. After they met, he was so impressed and they were so impressed with one another that they’re going to have a continuing relationship,' their attorney Stewart Cohen said on Good Morning America. 

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, the two black men who were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12, will be mentored by CEO Kevin Johnson

Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, the two black men who were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks on April 12, will be mentored by CEO Kevin Johnson

The pair spoke on Good Morning America on Thursday to share their response to their settlements with the city of Philadelphia and with Starbucks

The pair spoke on Good Morning America on Thursday to share their response to their settlements with the city of Philadelphia and with Starbucks

CEO Johnson will mentor the 23-year-olds. On Wednesday he released a statement saying he will share 'learnings and experiences' with the duo

CEO Johnson will mentor the 23-year-olds. On Wednesday he released a statement saying he will share 'learnings and experiences' with the duo

'So not only do they have a seat at the table and not only do we have this settlement, but we have the beginning of a relationship,' he added. 

CEO Johnson commended the two for their 'willingness to reconcile' and detailed the mentorship in a statement on Wednesday.

'I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile,' he said.

'I welcome the opportunity to begin a relationship with them to share learnings and experiences. And Starbucks will continue to take actions that stem from this incident to repair and reaffirm our values and vision for the kind of company we want to be,' Johnson added.

The news comes after the pair reached a settlement with Philadelphia on Wednesday, where it was announced they would be paid a symbolic $1 each.

The city also promised to create a $200,000 program for youth entrepreneurs, teaching financial literacy in Philadelphia public high schools in under-served communities as a part of the agreement.

The program will last one year. A spokesman also said they are still deciding on whether the program will focus on young entrepreneurs of color. 

The pair also accepted a confidential financial settlement from Starbucks as well as 'a seat at the table' in overseeing racial bias training at the coffee

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