Teresa Goines has a singular goal that has defined her success as a freedom fighter for at-risk youth. Compelled by the stories of youth she met as a juvenile corrections officer, Teresa sought to create pathways for youth caught in the cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration. Her work as Founder and CEO of Old Skool Cafe -- the nation’s first youth-run supper club -- has altered the destiny of hundreds of youth and captured the heart of San Francisco. Old Skool Cafe has been featured on CNN, FOX, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Rachael Ray, The Chew, and SF Chronicle.
Old Skool Cafe helps at-risk youth break the cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration . Using the unique model of a youth-run supper club, they provide hope, economic opportunities, and training to youth coming out of jail, foster care, and situations of abuse and neglect. Youth create bonds at Old Skool Cafe, forming a foundation of support that helps them through the ups and downs of life long after they have left the program. Old Skool Cafe has a track record of success steering youth from merely “surviving” to living out their true destinies where they are “thriving!”