Employment Training: Get Paid While Preparing for Work

In YouthCare's employment training programs, you'll gain practical, real-world skills —and get help and support when it comes time to find a job. Programs run from 8 weeks to 6 months. All participants are paid Washington State minimum wage during training and working hours.

Please note: There are always more applicants for these programs than there are places. If you don't make it in the first time around, we encourage you to reapply: new cohorts of trainees start throughout the year, with schedules depending on the program. Before you do, talk to us about how to improve your application and interview. Applying again shows interest and commitment so don't give up!

Barista Training and Education Program (BTEP)

It's Seattle: there are a lot of coffee shops out there. When BTEP (“Barista”) graduates go for their first job in the industry, they do it with solid training under their belts —more, in fact, than most of their competition for entry positions. This program includes a five-week internship at the FareStart Café: a chance to build confidence, get professional references, and add to your resume. 

The Barista program is about much more than selling coffee, though. Participants learn to work as part of a team. They gain customer service and other skills that are valuable to companies in many other fields. They receive job readiness training, practice for interviews, and learn how to search for jobs and approach employers. 

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • Age 16–24 
  • Homeless, “street-involved,” or in unstable housing
  • Able to commit to an 8-week paid training program and willing to develop employment and educational goals
  • Legal to work in the United States, with a valid photo ID and a Birth Certificate or Social Security Card (if you don't have them, we can help you get them)

To Apply:

  • Attend a Barista Open House (held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 3pm at the James W. Ray Orion Center).
  • Complete and submit your application by the end of the business day on the Thursday after the Open House. 
  • If you are selected, we will contact you for an interview. You must bring two forms of ID and an eligibility letter stating your housing situation. (We can help with documentation.)
  • After the interview, we’ll contact you again to let you know whether you’ve been invited to “Week Zero”: a series of workshops and meetings for the final pool of candidates.
  • At the end of Week Zero, eight students will be asked to stay for the rest of the training.

Location:

James W. Ray Orion Center

For additional information:

Contact the Career Coordinator at (206) 622-5555 ext. 230.

The Tile Project

Tile Project interns use their creative talents to get ready for employment. Pursuing their own projects, learning together, they gain valuable skills and experience. They learn art techniques, including hand-building and glazing clay tiles, basic photography, and photo manipulation. They explore workplaces outside the studio by “job shadowing”: following someone around as they go about their work. By the end of the program, they'll have written a resume and cover letter, improved their interview skills, and learned how to search and apply for jobs. 

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • Age 15–22
  • Homeless (including sleeping on the street, in shelter, squatting, or couch surfing) or at risk of losing housing within one week
  • Not currently in foster care
  • Able to commit to a 10-week program, Tuesdays through Fridays, 1pm–5pm

To apply:

Complete an application form and submit it to the Orion Center, either in person, by email to leslie.horton@youthcare.org, or by fax to (206) 628-3227. Selected applicants will be contacted.

Location:

James W. Ray Orion Center

For additional information:

Contact the Tile Project Employment Case Manager at (206) 622-5555 ext. 204.

YouthBuild

Twice a year, a family that never thought it could afford one gets a home of its own. YouthBuilders help make that happen.

Along the way, they get a thorough introduction to the building trades, including Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) that readies them for entry jobs in construction and related industries. They acquire teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills. By finishing high school or getting a GED certificate, they further prepare to join the workforce —or pave the way to college. Whichever way they choose to go, they'll do it with the help and support of YouthBuild and YouthCare staff. 

To be eligible, you need to be:

  • Age 18–24
  • “Low income”
  • A school dropout (haven’t yet received GED or high school diploma)
  • Able to commit to a 6-month, full-time program and willing to develop employment and educational goals
  • Committed to remaining drug-free during the training period
  • Ready to work hard on your own and as part of a team

To apply:

  • Complete an application.
  • Attend a YouthBuild Open House.
  • Complete the YouthBuild application, including a letter describing why you would make a great YouthBuilder.
  • Submit copies of state ID and your Social Security Number with the application (if you don’t have ID, we can help you get it).
  • Successfully complete the 2-week challenge period held at the beginning of each new cohort.

YouthBuild Schedule:

We're accepting applications now! Upcoming cohorts start in March and September 2012 - please contact us at least one month beforehand to start the application process.

Location:

South Seattle Community College and Habitat for Humanity construction site

For additional information:

Contact the YouthBuild Program Coordinator at youthbuild@youthcare.org or (206) 276-2140

YouthTech

YouthTech provides training in computer technology, networking, and security —a first step toward entering an industry where demand just keeps growing. Participants learn how to assemble computer systems, install and maintain Windows and Linux, troubleshoot a desktop PC or restore a downed network. They follow individualized education plans, including the chance to finish high school or earn a GED certificate. Upon successful completion of the program they receive Cisco credentials and a computer they know literally inside and out —because they put it together.

To be eligible you must be:

  • Age 16–24
  • Homeless, “street-involved,” or at risk of homelessness
  • Not enrolled in a traditional high school
  • At or above 9th-grade reading level (measured by a CASAS test)
  • Able to commit to a 12-week program and willing to develop employment and educational goals
  • Legal to work in the United States (social security card and state ID - let us know if you need help getting those documents)

To apply:

  • Attend a YouthTech Open House.
  • Complete and submit an application.
  • If you are selected, we will contact you for an interview. You must bring two forms of ID and an eligibility letter stating your housing situation. (We can help with documentation.)
  • After the interview, we’ll contact you again to let you know whether you’ve been invited to “Week Zero”: a series of workshops and meetings for the final pool of candidates.
  • If selected, successfully complete Week Zero.

Location:

James W. Ray Orion Center

For additional information:

Contact the Career Coordinator at (206) 622-5555 ext. 230.