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March 25, 2014

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March 25, 2014

To say that Old Skool Cafe is a great organization would be an understatement. I first learnt about OSC as I was searching online for a social enterprise for one of my Masters course. This project required me to participate in a social action project that would have me work alongside the leadership of an existing social enterprise. The purpose of the project was to develop a deep understanding of all the themes of the course; faith, ethics, diversity, and philanthropy. What I got out of my time volunteering for OSC was more than just a deeper understanding of all themes. OSC is dedicated, committed, and thrives to change and transform the lives of the youth they serve. The staff love the work that they do, and it's evident through their many success stories. I was impressed at the support the entire staff give to these young people, they are not only transforming families, but communities through their hard work, love for what they do, and incredible diverse team.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

September 23, 2010

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September 23, 2010

I am very impressed with the heart of this organization. Based in the Bay Area, Old Skool Cafe offers the community a place where the local youth can spend their time learning how to cook, entertain, and create a unique lifestyle as a young adult. Their awards and reputation is very positive around the city. Their partners around the city are happy to work with them to create their successful events.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced the results of Old Skool by their reputation in the community. The youth know the location as a place where they can share the spotlight and provide a memorable experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is a place where I can express my thoughts and contribute my skills to help relate with the community as well as get to know the other youth art organizations around the city.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff at Old Skool Cafe share a vision of getting involved so much so that the local youth will count on the organization or similar movements that suggest a positive lifestyle.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Old Skool would be exactly where it needs to be. Third street's Portero Hill Police station. This space would house an important place for fine dining and entertainment in San Francisco.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 22, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 22, 2010

I first heard about Old Skool Cafe through a friend, and have been consistently impressed with their effective and creative work in one of the most difficult and dangerous areas in San Francisco. Their compassion and heart for the people they serve shines through everything they do, and they stretch resources to make the biggest impact. Wonderful leadership, great vision...

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It has been amazing to watch the personal and professional growth in the at-risk youth that Old Skool Cafe serves. It's a transformation before your eyes!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The strength and grace the staff and leadership have under pressure in the midst of an emotionally heavy mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, kind, dedicated, focused.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the youth culture of San Francisco and bring work skills, people skills, self-respect and hope to a generation that is being lost to drugs, violence and gangs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 16, 2010

Old Skool Cafe is a great organization that brings out the best in the at-risk youth in the San Francisco/Bay Area. The staff has a strong desire to have a consistent connection with the participants in the program. I chose to intern with Old Skool Cafe to gain some experience in marketing and event planning. So far I have been impressed with the high standards, Teresa Goines (founder), holds of her staff, volunteers, and youth. The goals and passion Teresa carries will prove to be a guiding factor in the success of Old Skool in San Francisco. This organization will not stop at anything to get the message out to the public and youth who can potentially need it. Old Skool is not only a place where the youth learn much needed job skills, but it is also a second home for them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My search for a career in a non-profit such as this. An organization which aims to help at risk youth is always needed because this is the next generation that will set the tone for the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff's desire as well as the long-term commitment of the founder and director of Old Skool Cafe, Teresa Goines.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, had large ideas and still took care of the little details, they made me feel at home welcome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do great things. Buy the old police station they are trying to purchase and renovate. The money would be put to good use and hopefully bring more attention to the communities most in need of a youth organization such as this.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 15, 2010

My family and I moved to San Francisco about 2 years ago from Washington state, talk about culture shock. I recently became a part of Old Skool Cafe and I couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling job. I met the founder Teresa Goines through a mutual friend and immediately I was compelled to learn more about her organization and vision. The heart of this program drew my to tears, I to have a similar passion, I volunteered for 3 years at a juvenile detention center because I believe that there is hope for at-risk youth. I love what Teresa has done and is doing, she is making dreams come true and I have witnessed it first hand. She gives these youth opportunities in culinary arts, performing arts,as well work experience in the restaurant industry. She gives them a vision for their future. The team that is helping her facilitate this is by far one of the most stellar teams I have ever been a part of, so much skill in talent in such a small group. Being a part of this organization has given me perspective on life and strengthened my passion for those in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Youth graduating high school. Youth going on to Culinary Art Academy. Youth performing; singing, poetry spoken-word.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 8, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
September 8, 2010

I moved to San Francisco from San Diego to work with the youth of Old Skool Cafe. I was already working in "normal" jobs, not really making a difference in people, aside from the charity work I did in the job. I wanted to really enrich others, and connect with a community that needed to believe they could achieve anything. What needs to happen now (I've been here one month) is the youth that have been working with OSC for a few events, need to turn it around and teach others the same values they've learned. It will affect the whole city after a while.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own children's lives. They love it when any of the teenagers come by and say hi. There are no racial boundaries or safety issues here. Everyone is as innocent as a young child.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Occupy a larger office/retail/restaurant space so we can reach a greater audience on a regular basis. I'd also like to have a full-time chef to train the youth and so we always have our set menu, instead of guest chefs for every event.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with local chefs who have come from similar backgrounds as the youth. They relate on a different level than a normal case worker or mentor.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, Professional, Eager, Talented, Joyous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Refurbish an old (1912), abandoned, city-owned, beautiful, perfectly located, historic, noble, huge, police station on 20th and 3rd st in Potrero Hill. That would be our dream location. We wouldn't even need the whole $10,000,000.00!

Ways to make it better...

we didn't need to rely on clients to pay their invoices on time so we could in turn pay our youth and staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Red Tape with the City and other organizations, funding, lack of commitment from youth because of feeling guilty for not being at home or on the streets.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We survive on very little right now. We need monthly supporters, to give any amount, and we also need large one time gifts to get things moving. Find someone you know who is into what we are trying to do, and let them know they can donate and volunteer!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 17, 2010

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January 17, 2010

This is a great organization that is starting small but because it was created out of a community need and is based in that neighborhood, will only grow and truly bring about change. The youths experience is nothing short of life-altering and this is a real life model of what an organic, grass-roots organization should be.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase a building to provide a full-time youth-run supper club.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 15, 2010

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January 15, 2010

Old Skool Cafe is changing the youth culture in San Francisco. In a real and tangible way, it prevents violence creates jobs as at-risk youth are given a platform to succeed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing transformation in youth. Students initially come to Old Skool Cafe for a paycheck, but experience far more in terms of violence prevention, interacting with people from many backgrounds, and finding opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching walls of bitterness and anger break down into love and hope.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed. They were engaged, and learning just as much from youth as they were teaching. Old Skool Cafe allows people from opposite worlds to interact on the same level with mutual trust and understanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move quickly into its own building and function as a self-sustaining social enterprise that generates revenue from its own youth-run supper club. Its staff could be paid for all they are doing, and then begin to expand to a national level.

Ways to make it better...

it had more financial support to increase involvement of youth and staff!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial, but once it is moved into its permanent restaurant home it can be a self-sustaining organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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