Old Skool Cafe, CNN Hero 2013
Teresa Goines is the founder and CEO of Old Skool Café – a supper club run by at-risk youth in San Francisco, which provides training, jobs and a second chance at life for youth coming out of incarceration and foster care.
Teresa’s experience working with gang-affiliated youth, as a juvenile correction officer, impacted her life in a way that changed her forever. Their stories gave her an in-depth understanding of how many young people end up on such a destructive path and compelled her to find a solution to the hopelessness she saw in the lives of incarcerated and forgotten youth.
Teresa’s mission is to permanently break the cycle of incarceration, by giving young people hope, economic opportunities and training in a supportive environment where they can grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. From this passion the concept of Old Skool Café was born in 2005.
The youth manage all aspects of the supper club: hosting, serving, cooking and providing entertainment. OSC not only gives youth job and life skills, it also instills in them a sense of community, personal responsibility and hope for their future. Teresa’s mission is to be a mirror to reflect the truth back to our youth their incredible value, purpose and destiny they have in their life. She wants others to see the gold in these young people that she sees. Old Skool Cafe is not only about great food It is about redemption.
If we extend hope, love, and opportunities to young people who have none, we will be amazed at how simple it is to turn around some of the seeming “unsolvable problems” in our society.
Ms. Goines has received several awards and recognition for her work with Old Skool Café and the Bayview Community: 2013 CNN Hero Award, 2012 Wells Fargo Community Spirit Award, 2011 Bank of America – Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero Award, 2011 Westmont Global Alumni Award, 2009 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, 2008 Jefferson Award, and 2006 San Francisco Foundation Koshland Bayview Fellowship Award.