We did it! Challenge grant met.

This summer, we launched our Give Youth a Voice Campaign to raise funds for our new performance area. The goal was to raise $10K to update our equipment to provide our young people with an excellent platform to showcase their talents.  And just as the exciting... The Miranda Lux Foundation matched every gift with a critical $10K grant for our operating fund!

And together, we did it! We are so grateful to each one of you for investing in the lives and dreams of Old Skool Cafe. With every dollar you give, you make a profound impact on real people, a real community, and real dreams. We are so honored to do this work alongside you. It takes all of us, and we're grateful to have you on our team. 

With thankful hearts,

4 Father's Day Gifts that Give Back!

Old Skool Cafe is a non-profit supper club. Every dollar you spend goes back into our life-changing programs for at-risk young people! Here are 4 easy gifts for the men in your life... that also give back.

1. The gift that always fits-- a gift card to Old Skool Cafe!

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2. Help Dad look sharp in our youth-designed signature bow tie!


3. Donate to Old Skool in your father's name -- build on his legacy of love and care


3.  Spoil your dad in a major way with our Old Skool Cafe gift basket


Challenge Alert! Matching Grant Challenge for Tech & Music

Challenge alert! Old Skool Cafe has been offered a $10,000 challenge grant from the Miranda Lux Foundation. We're so excited! After we hit the technology fundraising goal, we'll unlock a critical $10,000 for our general fund. 

With our new stage, Old Skool Cafe has become an incredible venue for local young people to showcase and develop their talents. Enhancing our technology benefits the next generation of Old Skool youth performers!

Our planned upgrades: 

- A new projector for community movie nights 

- An electronic baby grand piano 

- Enhanced audio equipment

Together we can help make Old Skool Cafe one of the best places in the Bay Area to gather, hold events, and listen to great music. 

Founder Teresa Goines in an ABC7 Star!

Whenever we get a chance to share the Old Skool story, it’s a thrill! Old Skool is a story of empowerment, hope, and really, really good food. 


We were thrilled to have Alexis Smith and the ABC7 News Team over to Old Skool Cafe to have a look at our remodel and catch up with our youth. 

Our founder, Teresa Goines, has spent her life working with at-risk youth. From her first job out of college as a corrections officer to owning a restaurant that has employed over 400 young people, we're thankful to see her work being recognized right here in the Bay Area. Check out the segment here

Mother's Day Brunch Success for Old Skool alum Chef Drew

Old Skool alum Chef Drew Gaxiola popped-up with his new catering company, Divine EatSF, at Old Skool Cafe on Mother's Day.  

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You may remember Chef Drew from his appearance on the Rachael Ray Show in 2014. On the show he was awarded a scholarship to pursue his culinary dreams. Fast forward four years-- Drew now works at Waterbar, a prestigious restaurant in San Francisco, and is pursuing opening his own restaurant. 

Seeing Chef Drew commanding the kitchen was the realization of a long-held dream-- that Old Skool Cafe would act as an incubator for the entrepreneurial dreams of our alumni. In the years to come, we hope our space will be used over and over to launch the next chefs, musicians, artists, and leaders in San Francisco. 

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Chef Drew assembled a team of past and present Old Skool employees to serve a three-course brunch and bottomless mimosas on Mother's Day. Teamwork makes the dream work!

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Nothing makes us happier than to see our youth out in the world pursuing their dreams!  

Founder's Corner: Spring at Old Skool Cafe


I can’t believe we’re already at the end of April! The jasmine bushes right outside my front door have never bloomed so beautifully and fragrantly. All around the neighborhood I see things growing. After a long season of drought and rain, it is encouraging to have this beautiful, green spring!

As spring is here, I can’t help but see the new life blossoming at Old Skool Cafe. ‘Teresa’ means ‘harvest’, and for many, many years a harvest is exactly what I have been waiting for. There has been a long season of constantly laying the foundation and investing in Old Skool Cafe with slow and sometimes incremental progress. It has been over ten years since we held our first OSC gala and I began running a pilot program from my home. Then four years ago, we had the joy of opening Old Skool as a restaurant. We are seeing the harvest, indeed!

Old Skool Cafe has become a solid place for our youth to heal and grow and develop into the young men and women they were intended to be. This spring we are welcoming a new cohort of twenty young people who will become Old Skool’s future servers, chefs, and managers. We are grateful for the seemingly small harvests that are truly very big. The next time you order from our new menus or walk underneath our beautiful new marquee, you’ll know that those finishing touches are part of a longtime dream come true. Our OSC alumni continue to flourish and follow their passions in school and in new jobs. We continue to grow our catering services, which will now be under the direction of Chef Kevin. There are new faces in the kitchen and greeting guests at the front door (more on that to come!). A blossoming harvest is all around us.

With the years, my dream for Old Skool continues to grow. With fresh, new energy and eyes, we will fortify and strengthen our programs. I am consistently asked to bring Old Skool to other parts of the country, and when we’re ready to expand, we want it to be with the best practices under our belts, and the very best programs that we can provide to other communities.

And I am beyond grateful for you. Thank you for your support and your prayers. Thank you for dining with us. Thank you for donating. Thank you for inviting friends to learn more about Old Skool. And most of all, thank you for investing in our youth.

With gratitude,

Teresa Goines


Staff Openings at Old Skool Cafe

Looking for a new start to the new year? Are you looking to help youth transform their lives and move from merely surviving to THRIVING? Come work for Old Skool! We are looking for restaurant and hospitality professionals eager to work at our one-of-a-kind, youth-run supper club! If you love food and have restaurant experience (or know someone that does!), check out our available staff positions and email us at: jobs@oldskoolcafe.org

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Want to learn more? See Old Skool in action!

Old Skool Cafe Pop Up + Dinner Party

Celebrate Thanksgiving early this year with CRAVE Productions, as we bring together Old Skool tradition with new school funk and support the next generation. We invite you to give thanks and enjoy an evening of culinary exploration, incredible soul music and good times.

Our host, Old Skool Cafe, is a 1940s-style youth-run supper club, providing jobs and training to at-risk youth. All of the evening's proceeds will directly support Old Skool. Tickets are limited - reserve now! 

Final leg of our campaign fulfillment.

Dear Contributors,

Spring greetings to everyone! Just a quick update to let you know we are on the final leg of our campaign fulfillment tasks.

For those of you who contributed at the $1000 - "You'll Always Have a Seat" level,  your nameplates are in process. We appreciate your patience.

For ALL other contributors, your campaign perks should have already arrived. We hope you are enjoying them.  If for some reason you have not yet received your campaign perk, please let us know by sending an email to info@oldskoolcafe.org and we will get your perk to you ASAP.

Wishing you all a wonderful spring season. 

Heartfelt thanks to ALL of you for supporting Old Skool Cafe.

With gratitude,

The Old Skool Cafe Team