What began in 1988 as a way of improving the lives of former gang members in East Los Angeles has today become a blueprint for over 250 organizations around the world.
Communities everywhere agree that incarceration isn’t the answer.
What began in 1988 as a way of improving the lives of former gang members in East Los Angeles has today become a blueprint for over 250 organizations around the world, from Alabama and Idaho, to Guatemala and Scotland.
“We all work with with marginalized populations in the hopes of breaking the poverty, violence and recidivism cycles. We all have the same goals,” Alison Lass, who manages the Global Homeboy Network (GHN) said recently. As a model for these organizations, we provide a roadmap for leaders who hope to bring aspects of the Homeboy Industries’ program to their own communities.
Many have asked Homeboy Founder, Greg Boyle, “Will you ever duplicate Homeboy Industries in other cities?” And the surprising answer is “no.” Intentionally choosing to not to be the “McDonald’s of gang intervention programs," Homeboy Industries has long sought an expansion model that would both respect and develop the local voices that must be at the center of community-based services.
In 2014, the Global Homeboy Network (GHN) was founded to answer that call. The mission of the Global Homeboy Network is to work with organizations across the globe to create therapeutic communities that offer job skills training, cost-free programs and services, and social enterprise employment. GHN’s goal is to assist other organizations as they provide marginalized men, women, and youth with tools they need to change their lives and become productive members of their communities. At its core the GHN seeks to widen the circle of compassion, tenderness, and kinship by fostering community, sanctuary, family, and a place of welcome for those on the margins. These values drive GHN’s growth and direction. To date, representatives from states and countries around the world are part of our network.
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Join us in August for our annual Global Homeboy Network at our headquarters in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the gathering or inquire about technical visits, please email our team at email@example.com.