Youth & Young Adult Barista Program

Going Virtual

We launched a virtual Youth & Young Adult Barista Program to meet the current environment.

FareStart’s Youth & Young Adult Barista Program

Our Youth & Young Adult Barista program is designed to train people 16 – 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.

This program is currently fully virtual.

Program Tracks


Education Advancement Track

The Education Advancement Track 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.

Learn about Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy

Job Readiness Track

The Job Readiness Track, in partnership with Y Social Impact Center, 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 Y Social Impact Center

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

  • Earn money
  • High school credit (Education Advancement Track)
  • ORCA card (Job Readiness Track)
  • 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 16 to 24
  • Low income, experiencing homelessness or unstably housed
  • Ability to train 8 hrs/week for 6 weeks (Education Track)
  • Ability to train 10 hrs/week for 7 weeks (Job Readiness Track)

Questions? Contact us.

Here’s what you have to do:

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

Interested? Contact us.

Our grads get hired!

Last year the number of graduates increased 225% when compared to the previous year.

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 206.854.4221 or email us:

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