We can help you with the tools, training and support you need to get a good job. Our Youth Barista and Customer Service Training Program was built around the needs of young people who are willing to work hard to build a good life for themselves even though they are experiencing hard challenges.

Program requirements

They are pretty simple:

  • Age 16 to 24
  • Unstably housed (homeless, couch surfing)
  • Can train 20 hrs/week for 8 weeks
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.

Not sure? Contact Us.

Here’s what you will get

One of the best training and job placement programs anywhere:

  • 8-weeks of excellent training
  • Work directly with expert baristas
  • Real responsibility
  • Resume and computer skills
  • Coaching for interviews
  • Help looking for a good job
  • 10-months of support to help you keep a job

Interested? Contact Us.


Here’s how we will support you

We will help you every step of the way:

  • A one-on-one advisor to help you
  • Hourly pay
  • Assistance to get housing
  • Assistance to get child care
  • Connection to mental health counseling
  • Connection to drug/alcohol counseling
  • Bus pass
  • Support with basic needs
  • Help finding and landing a good job
  • Connection to education
  • Program is free of charge

Interested? Contact Us.

Here’s what you have to do

You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to give this your best every day. Show up on time. Be willing to learn, stay with the program, and work hard. If you don’t give up, neither will we.

Interested? Contact Us.

Our grads get hired

More than 75% of our youth barista graduates have good jobs within 90 days of finishing the program. 

Live outside the Puget Sound area?

If you need job training and support, but don’t live near Seattle, our Catalyst Kitchens Partners are in 65 locations from California to Scotland.

The FareStart Experience

If you are still unsure if the Youth Barista program is right for you, call one of our program staff and talk about it. We are available during normal business hours (9:00 to 5:00) and would be happy help you. Call us at (206) 787-1574 or email us: barista@farestart.org

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