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This profile was last updated on 5/20/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Juvenile Corrections Officer
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In San Francisco, Teresa Goines ..., 20 May 2014 [cached]
In San Francisco, Teresa Goines is breaking down deeply entrenched cycles of poverty and crime, one bowl of peanut butter stew at a time. Old Skool Café, the 1940's supper club she started, gives jobs to at-risk and former gang youth. When banks turned her down, 41 people she'd never met crowdfunded a $5000 loan, putting their faith and money in Teresa, a former corrections officer with no restaurant experience in a city where most new restaurants fail. Their bet paid off. She repaid her loan in full. Each year, 25 troubled young people, most who have tangled with the law, get their lives back on track. Today, Teresa has an even bigger dream of opening Old Skool Cafes across the nation and revitalizing communities everywhere.
Nearly 1.3 million borrowers like Teresa Goines, living in 76 countries, including the U.S., have received more than half a billion dollars in loans. 99% of these loans have been repaid in full, flying in the face of traditional banking assumptions about credit and trust.
Imagine if the Small Business Association, the Fortune 500, the World Bank, and even Wall Street followed suit and began directly supporting those three billion overlooked micro-entrepreneurs like Erastus Kimani and Teresa Goines through the world's bank movement.
"A lot of them are coming ..., 1 Oct 2013 [cached]
"A lot of them are coming from generational brokenness: so Dad was in prison, and Grandpa was in prison, and Mom's on drugs," Teresa Goines, CEO and Founder of the café, told Ivanhoe.
A former juvenile corrections officer, Goines came up with the idea after asking teens what they needed most to turn their lives around. "What I heard from them was jobs and a sense of family," she said.
You're loved the second you walk through the door," Goines said.
"All it takes is one person saying, I will break this cycle," Goines said.
Founder Teresa Goines was a ..., 17 May 2013 [cached]
Founder Teresa Goines was a juvenile corrections officer in Southern California Do you know a hero? Nominations are open for 2013 CNN Heroes
San Francisco (CNN) -- As a juvenile corrections officer in Southern California, Teresa Goines found it rewarding to work with troubled youth and help them turn their lives around.
Sometimes, Goines said, they would call and say they wanted to come back.
"That would break my heart," she said. "I'd be all tough during the day and drive home at night and cry."
Goines felt that by sending these young men home without enough support to keep them on the right track, the system was essentially setting them up to fail.
Finding a well-paying job can be a tough proposition when you have a criminal record, Goines said. She wanted to provide an alternative to gangs, knowing that such groups often give troubled youth a way to make money while providing a sense of family and social support.
Eventually, she came up with the idea for the Old Skool Cafe, a 1940s-style restaurant run entirely by young people from difficult circumstances.
The bistro is in one of San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods, but inside, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. Customers come from all over the city to enjoy the food and entertainment and to support Goines' mission, which provides jobs, career training and a built-in support system to at least 25 at-risk people each year.
Goines, a Christian, also offers to share her religious faith with any program participant who is interested, but she says that her program is completely inclusive and welcomes everyone, regardless of their beliefs.
The restaurant's theme is inspired by Harlem in the late 1920s through the '40s, and the staff is decked out in red-and-black uniforms from the time period. Goines loves the music and spirit of that era and knew it would be a cool, unique vibe that would help attract customers, but she also had another motive.
"From the Harlem Renaissance to ... jazz and swing, so much of that was started by African-Americans," she said.
Other days, you'll bus tables or be the head chef," Goines said.
"The whole structure of this organization is meant for the youth to keep rising up in leadership and management," Goines said. "I'm a big believer in ownership. ...
"(Goines) pushes you past your comfort zone and past whatever limits you give yourself, " she said.
Stories like this are what motivate Goines. She wants to establish other Old Skool Cafes across the country, and she hopes that some of the young people she's working with now will help her.
"I think there's something about a light going on when you realize your potential," she said.
Started by former corrections officer ..., 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
Started by former corrections officer Teresa Goines, the cafe provides formerly incarcerated and at-risk youth with a legal way to make money, develop marketable job skills, and become part of a supportive community.
Goal in mind, Goines set out to create a place that provided a variety of job skills as well as job tenure. Many job-training programs, Goines found, offered skills but no experience, which led to unemployment, which led to the solace of gangs-repeat.
Goines used to get warnings by mail that Old Skool Cafe would never work, but now the messages are from communities asking advice on how to start similar nonprofits. Old Skool is making changes, and people are inspired. Goines now employs 20 at-risk youths who may not have had a chance to work elsewhere. She also contracts an even larger number of youths as paid performers for the restaurant entertainment.
Eat"Speak"SF: REVIEWS: Restaurants [cached]
Far and few between do you run into something truly special on the food scene; particularly a place that not only exceeds your expectations, but also serves a greater purpose -- this is Old Skool Café located in San Francisco's Bay View district.  Serving a creative selection of comfort food, this 1940's style supper club is also a violence prevention program providing jobs to urban youth from ages 16-22.  The vision of Teresa Goines -- a former juvenile corrections officer -- has come to fruition by providing career opportunities to at-risk, previously incarcerated and foster care youth that would normally not have the means or consideration. 
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