July 2022
July 2022
July 2022
Shirley Torres, MSW

Shirley Torres is the Chief Program Officer for Homeboy Industries where she leads the
organization in strategies to receive, engage, and retain citizens returning from California state
and federal prisons, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities. She has served as both the
Director of Re-entry Services and as the head of curriculum and training department where she
was responsible for designing, developing, and implementing the educational components for
Homeboy. She spent three years working as a Release Counselor as part of a contract with the
Los Angeles Probation Department, specifically focused on girls and gangs within juvenile
detention camps. Raised in South Los Angeles, a neighborhood populated by violence, drugs,
and gangs, she knows first-hand the structural barriers and challenges facing urban youth and
their futures. Torres graduated from UCLA, becoming the first in her family to earn a college
degree. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from USC with a concentration in Community
Organizations, Planning, and Administration.

July 2022

Fabian Debora
Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Art Academy. In 1995, he became a member of
the East Los Angeles Streetscapers, when he was mentored by many Chicano artists and
muralists, who introduced him to creative expressions of all forms. For over a decade, he served
as a counselor and then Director of Substance Abuse Services & Programming at Homeboy
Industries. Fabian’s art has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the
United States and abroad, including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Brooklyn, and
throughout Latin America.

July 2022

A Technical Assistance (TA) Session is a ninety-minute communal learning space where participants are encouraged to ask questions to generate insightful discussions. Each of the 8 sessions available on the second day are led by credible experts in their specified subjects who are thrilled to answer questions and have open conversations with participants. This Q&A format allows those in attendance an opportunity to have their most complex questions answered along with a chance to learn from others. If many attendees have the same questions, a greater portion of the ninety-minute session will be dedicated to answering those questions in depth

A “Workshop” at the Global Homeboy Network Gathering is a ninety-minute experience where participants listen and learn from subject matter experts. In the Workshops, all taking place on the first day of the Gathering, presenters will share via lectures, slideshows, videos, and more. The format will include time at the end for participant questions.

July 2022
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