Barista & Customer Service Program

Learn Customer Service & Job Skills

Earn money while you train directly with expert baristas and gain references to help you find your next job or internship.

FareStart’s Barista & Customer Service Program

Our Barista & Customer Service program is designed to train people 15 1/2 – 24 who are looking to gain skills by working with expert baristas to support them in finding a good job or internship. We offer students wraparound support services to assist them on their pathway towards personal stability and economic mobility.


Program Pathways


Education Advancement Pathway

The Education Advancement Pathway is designed for young people who are learning job skills while they are going to high school. To participate in this 6-week program, you must be attending Seattle Public School’s Interagency Academy or Nova High School.

This program is currently fully virtual.

Learn about Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy

Learn about Seattle Public Schools Nova High School


Job Readiness Pathway

The Job Readiness Pathway, in partnership with Gifts of Hope, is built around supporting the needs of young people to meet them where they are while providing resources on their pathway towards a job and stability.

Learn about the Gifts of Hope

Here’s how we will support you every step of the way:

  • Earn money
  • High school credit (Education Advancement Pathway)
  • ORCA card (Job Readiness Pathway)
  • Food worker card
  • Chromebook to participate and keep after graduation
  • Customer service training
  • Training with expert baristas and references to aid in helping graduates find their next job or internship
  • Provide support and referrals to social service organizations
  • Program is free of charge


Program requirements

  • Age 15 1/2 to 24 (Education Advancement Pathway)
  • Age 18 to 24 (Job Readiness Pathway)
  • Low income, experiencing homelessness or unstably housed
  • Ability to train 8 hrs/week for 6 weeks (Education Advancement Pathway)
  • Ability to train 12 hrs/week for 8 weeks (Job Readiness Pathway)


Here’s what you have to do:

Contact FareStart to find out if this program is right for you. 

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Our program is growing

Last year we increased enrollment and graduation rates by over 50% when compared to the previous year.

The FareStart Experience

If you are still unsure if the Barista & Customer Service 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 206.854.4221 or email us:

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