Youth Barista Training & Education Program

Can hope, achievement, and self-sufficiency come from a cup of coffee?

YouthCare and FareStart know it can. 

On any given night in Seattle close to 800 youth are homeless, without a safe and permanent place to stay.  With the goal of meeting the complex and unique needs of at-risk youth, FareStart’s Youth Barista Training & Education Program (BTEP) was launched in 2003 through a collaborative effort with YouthCare.  The program provides at-risk youth, ages 16-24, with the opportunity to build a better future for themselves by increasing their ability to change their situation and engage in a supportive community.

Similar to the core FareStart Adult Program, the eight-week Barista Training and Education Program provides job training and placement, life skills, employment counseling, classroom, and on-the-job training for the competitive espresso industry. 

Click on Program Overview to learn more!