BTEP: The Barista Training and Education Program

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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. 

Benefits of the Barista program include: 

Advanced skills development

  • Food service training & barista skills
  • Customer service training
  • Resume & cover letter writing
  • Job search and interviewing skills
  • GED/High School Diploma attainment
  • College, University or Trade School enrollment & support

Life skills training

  • Time management and professional communication skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Professional dress and etiquette
  • Public speaking coaching

Personal life support

  • Support with legal issues
  • Financial literacy lessons
  • Career exploration
  • Housing support
  • Mental health counseling
  • Case management

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
  • Available at a minimum Monday-Thursday 1pm–6pm and Friday 8:30am–5pm 
  • 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 learn more about the program and to complete an application, please attend a Barista Open House. They are held every Tuesday at 3pm at YouthCare's James W. Ray Orion Center.

For additional information:

Call the Orion Center at (206) 622-5555 and ask for a Barista Career Coordinator.