We go to Southern California to look at the gang life, the inner city economy and the story of Homeboy Industries.
Homeboy Industries is a place for young Angelinos to find a path away from crime and trouble. As well as a place for gang members, at-risk youth, to get some tattoos removed and some anger management classes. But most of all, it is a place to get a job.
Over twenty years, it’s put people to work in the Homeboy Bakery, the Homegirl Café, Homeboy Silkscreen and Homeboy Maintenance. It’s been a national model.
Then came the real economic meltdown.
This hour, On Point: a special edition from southern California with Homeboy Industries founder, Father Gregory Boyle.
Father Greg Boyle, Jesuit priest and director and founder of Homeboy Industries, which assists at-risk, recently released, and formerly gang involved youth to become contributing members of their communities in Los Angeles, California.
Robin Alvarez, former gang member and father of three. He works for Homeboy Industries.
Lorretta Andrews, mother of four. She served time in prison and now works for Homeboy Industries.
This program aired on May 16, 2011.