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This San Francisco Supper Club Gives Youth a Chance to Reinvent Themselves


At Old Skool Café, young people whose lives have been impacted by violence, the foster care system, and incarceration are learning the ins and outs of the food business and forging new paths in the process.

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This story originally appeared in Civil Eats and is reprinted here as part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network , a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems.

Velvety carpet lines the entrance to Old Skool Café, and as guests arrive they are greeted by a hallway full of photographs and memories. There is a sense that people have not only been here—but that life has been lived here. Located right next to the Bayview Opera House in the southeast corner San Francisco, the jazz-themed supper club is three levels high including the bar, an open red leather seating area, and a balcony for lounging and performances. It feels both roomy and intimate, and warmth suffuses the space.

But Old Skool is much more than a restaurant; it’s a faith-based, violence-prevention program that provides […]

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