Curt’s Café is a nonprofit organization that provides training in food service and life skills for Evanston-area at-risk youth aged 15-22 who have had contact with the judicial system or might be headed that way.  Curt’s Café trains youth in marketable skills, assists them in finding employment, and supports them in developing life skills that fall into four areas:

– Life Skills such as opening a bank account, making decisions, and readying themselves for employment

I – Intellectual Skills such as English, math, and computer literacy

F – Food Service Skills in the kitchen such as working as a barista, providing counter service,  or preparing food

E – Experiential Skills, which are gained by working with mentors provided to support the students outside their work in the café


Training is provided in the Curt’s Café, in a classroom setting, and sometimes with individual mentors who work one-on-one with the students.