Barista school for street kids is an option in Portland, Oregon thanks to youth-oriented non-profit, p:ear, and coffee roaster, Caffé Vita. Their pilot program provides barista training to homeless young people. The hope is that with training and experience, the program graduates will be more able to find work.
The eight-week training teaches the art and science of making and serving lattes, cappuccinos and macchiatos. In addition to the basics of cupping and tasting, students learn about worldwide coffee-growing and all of the intricacies of brewing and assembling a tasty coffee drink.