Thursday, January 15, 2009

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries

"Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and former gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education."

Homeboy Industries works with both men and women in Los Angeles that are trying to leave gang life. It began by Father Gregory Boyle as Jobs for a Future (JFF) and gradually grew into an all-encompassing, life changing experience for troubled youth. Homeboy Industries offers job training and placement assistance (including small businesses directly affiliated with the organization), education, legal service, mental health counseling, twelve step meetings, post-prison transition assistance, and tattoo removal; all free of charge.

Homeboy Industries can be supported through direct contribution on their website or purchasing merchandise which is made in a small business staffed entirely of former gang members and at-risk youth.

If you're in Los Angeles you can volunteer your time or visit the various small businesses staffed by Homeboy Industry successes: The Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Cafe, Homeboy Maintenence, or Homeboy Silkscreen.

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