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Smart City Learning Cafe

The Learning Cafe is OPEN every Wednesday 7- 9 pm through the end of the school year!

Amy Minato, my wife, and I are working with Fat City Cafe in Multnomah Village to create the Smart City Learning Cafe. We tried it out for January 2022 and it was very sweet! I love seeing students helping other students.


What: Drop-in homework help in math, science, English, and writing. Other topics as possible. This is a quiet place for study even if you do not need help. Students are encouraged to help each other.


When: Every Wednesday, 7 - 9 pm.


Where: Fat City Cafe, 7820 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR 97219.

Thanks to the owners of Fat City Cafe, Helen and Mark Johnson, for provided use of the cafe for free.


Who: Any high school age learner or older is welcome. Adult and independent learners are welcome. Amy Minato (English, writing) and Joe Minato (science. math) will be available to supervise and provide help to students. Peer tutors will also be on hand.

No students younger than high school at this time. If you are interested in a middle school or late elementary school learning cafe, let us know.

Cost: Free, for now. Donations are always welcome.

We are seeking foundations, businesses, and individuals to support this project to keep it free and expand the dates. 

Food and Drinks: We hope to add food and drink in the future. No food or drink will be available or allowed until the current Covid situation improves.

Details and Rules:

  • Capacity is limited to 18 learners at a time for now due to Covid. First come, first served. We may limit each person's time to an hour if necessary. We will expand to 24 learners as the Covid situation allows.

  • Full vaccination is required. Please bring proof of vaccination.

  • Masks required.

  • If Ida B. Wells High School is open, the learning cafe will be open. If Ida B. Wells High School close due to Covid, weather, or other concerns, the learning cafe will also close.