Friday, June 21, 2013

Feel Good Friday - Old Skool Cafe

It's Feel Good Friday and time for a food-related story. Know why? I like food.

Today we go to the Old Skool Cafe in San Francisco to see a program where at-risk, previously incarcerated youth are taught marketable employment skills in the restaurant industry. They work (and get paid) in every area of the business, including entertainment. Entertainment? Yep, because Old Skool Cafe is a 1940's styled supper club!

It was created by Teresa Goines, a former corrections officer working with gang-affiliated youth who wanted to provide an alternative to gangs and opportunities for career training. Participants have to apply for the program, go through a series of interviews and complete a four month training before they can be employed. You can read more details in this CNN article.

If you'd like to meet some of the team and the founder, watch this six minute video. To keep up with the latest news, like them on Facebook.

Better yet, call me up and let's make a plan to eat there! For those of you who live locally, I am totally serious. Check out the menu. If you need my number - ask. Or you can find me on Facebook too.

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