Finally, what do you get when you combine a woman trained in law enforcement with food and with kids who need a future? Tonight a recipe for success. They are america strong and here's abc's cecilia... See More
Finally, what do you get when you combine a woman trained in law enforcement with food and with kids who need a future? Tonight a recipe for success. They are america strong and here's abc's cecilia vega. Reporter: Teresa goines is the boss of what has become the nicest restaurant in this rough san francisco neighborhood. Kids who worked on these streets, now doing it all at old skool cafe. Even the entertainment. Theresa traded in her camouflage and her job as a juvenile probation spending nearly every penny of her retirement savings to open old skool. I starting thinking, okay, what would it take so there is some place for them when they get out that's going to actually see these young men for who they really are which is valuable and precious and not some scary, you know, criminal. Reporter: Young men like jeremiah. We used to wait for joggers and have our guns stashed right here. Reporter: He's been arrested six times since he was 14. I'm going to go to school. I already have an idea of what i want to do, like try to give back and really give back the more opportunity is going to show for you. Reporter: Daniel used to call himself a hustler, now, he goes by a different title. Chef daniel bermudez, awesome, old skool cafe. You're a full fledged chef? I love cooking. Yeah, that's like really my PASSION. Reporter: Four years ago did you ever use a word like passion? Bah, not really. Reporter: What are you teaching them? Teaching them to hope. And have a vision for your future. Reporter: With the skills they learn at old skool, many move on to full time jobs at restaurants. You seem like you're in a special place here. Yes, this is sort of like walking around in my heart. This is a dream come true. Reporter: Teresa's dream now? Taking old skool's motto nationwide. "Come hungry, leave inspired." And our thanks to cecilia vega.
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