Over the past 5 years, p:ear has worked with over 55 youth to provide housing and rental assistance, a number that far exceeds initial goals. p:ear also offers a nationally unique, on-site barista training (p:ear barista school), in partnership with Caffe Vita, which gives them critical job-training skills, employment opportunities.

p:ear youth K. shows off the keys to her new apartment


The p:ear barista school (pbs) is a collaboration between p:ear and Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co to create an on-site barista training program. The program is an in-depth eight week training exploring all aspects becoming a barista in today’s competitive market – from understanding bean sourcing, to milk textures, to customer service and basic money management, p:ear youth leave the program well suited to move into a 3 month paid internship at our on-site coffee cart.  This extended time allows youth to build their confidence and their resumes, and provides consistent, on-going mentorship while youth engage in the activities associated with learning the science and art of preparing and serving coffee, as well as management of a functioning coffee cart.


In Reverse: Cup To Seed by rubyna brenden

Click here to read an article on PBS by Larry Bingham at the Oregonian