Last week I linked to a story about Old Skool Cafe which employs at-risk kids because founder Teresa Goines "saw so many kids with great intentions of turning their lives around, but after getting locked up, they didn't have many options."
Reader Jon R. wrote to inform me that Madison, WI has a similar restaurant, Ironworks Cafe.
The Ironworks Cafe is part of a teen employment program at the Goodman Community Center. When you eat at the cafe, you're helping teens learn basic job skills, food and customer service skills, plus they're seeing the ins and outs of managing a business.
I'll say again: these sound like terrific ideas. If you want to save the world, you need to save one person at a time.