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 400 organizations around the world, from Alabama and Idaho, to Guatemala and Scotland.
Each August we host our annual Global Homeboy Network Gathering at our headquarters in Los Angeles, California. However, in 2020 we hosted a virtual gathering. Sessions can be viewed for FREE on our YouTube page.
About the Global Homeboy Network
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. To date, representatives from states and countries around the world are part of our network.
Homeboy Industries went worldwide in 2014 when it launched The Global Homeboy Network (GHN).
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 2019, Homeboy Industries hosted individuals devoted to supporting marginalized populations in Los Angeles to learn from Homeboy Industries’ model and to share best practices.
Communities and organizations like Homeboy Industries 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 Industries invites the world to join our commitment to kinship and connection.
At its core, 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.
Who is in the Network?
To view our partner organizations, social good businesses and community groups, click here.
“We all work with marginalized populations in the hopes of breaking the poverty, violence and recidivism cycles. We all have the same goals,” says Alison Lass, manager of the Global Homeboy Network. “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”.
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Native American Nations
To learn more about the gathering or inquire about learning more about what we do and how we do it, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.