The New Activist: Old Skool Cafe

As a juvenile corrections officer, Teresa Goines saw first-hand the problems facing the youth in her area. But, instead of simply accepting that reality, she took many bold steps to help solve the systemic issues—eventually opening Old Skool Cafe.

This youth run, jazz-themed, supper club serves as an intensive real-world vocational training ground, employment incubator, supportive cohort, income generator and connection point with a larger community that champions their success.

This week, we talk with Teresa about Old School Cafe, how it’s making a difference in the lives of young people and to actually effect change in local communities.