2019 Gathering Registration coming April 2.
Communities everywhere agree that incarceration isn’t the answer.
Homeboy Industries went worldwide in 2014 when it launched The Global Homeboy Network.
Since then, over 400 organizations from around the world have visited our Los Angeles campus to engage with us. Our global network continues to expand each year. In the summer of 2018, Homeboy hosted our fifth annual individuals devoted to supporting marginalized populations met in Los Angeles to learn from Homeboy’s model and to share best practices.
Communities and organizations like Homeboy around the world agree incarceration isn’t the answer.
And so, we continue to bring people together to work toward social justice, to advocate for marginalized populations, to strive to break the recidivism cycle, and to address the collateral consequences of serving time in prison. We stand committed to the launch of more community-based organizations and to work to shepherd their growth. In short, we aim to be a positive alternative to the prison industrial complex in the United States and beyond.
Homeboy invites the world to join our commitment to kinship and connection.
At its core, the GHN works to widen the circle of compassion, tenderness, and kinship. We seek to achieve this by fostering community, sanctuary, and family and by providing hospitality and welcome to those on the margins. These core values are what energizes GHN’s growth and charts our direction.
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.
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.
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.
Native American Nations
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.