In providing employment services, Homeboy targets and focuses on the segment of the community that finds it the most difficult
to secure employment on their own -- former gang members, parolees, and at-risk youth. Programs offer a much-needed intervention
to those who deserve a second chance at life. Homeboy Industries first venture was The Homeboy Bakery which trained many gang
members to become scratch bakers. Homeboy Industries has subsequently launched several additional income-producing ventures
which are still thriving.
This collection consists primarily of correspondence written by Homeboy clients and family members to Homeboy founder, Fr.
Greg Boyle. In addition there are a selection of Homeboy's administrative papers and documentary video tapes.
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Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. is a Jesuit priest who is Founder / Executive Director of Jobs For A Future / Homeboy Industries,
an employment referral center and economic development program. Begun in 1988, for at-risk and gang-involved youth, Jobs For
A Future is, today, a nationally-recognized center that assists 1,000 people a month in re-directing their lives. Through
its unique and multi-service approach, Jobs For A Future offers hope to those for whom hope is often foreign. Located in Boyle
Heights, a community with arguably the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles, Jobs For A Future provides employment
opportunities, counseling, and many other services (including free tattoo removal). By seeking to address the root causes
of gang violence, Jobs For A Future creates opportunities so at-risk youth can plan their futures and not their funerals.
"Nothing stops a bullet like a job" is the guiding principle. In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Father
Boyle formed Homeboy Industries, to create businesses that provide training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity
for rival gang members to work side by side. The following economic development enterprises have been created since the first
venture, Homeboy Bakery: Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy / Homegirl Merchandise, Homeboy Graffiti Removal, Homeboy Maintenance,
and Homeboy Landscaping. Father Boyle was born in Los Angeles. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA
in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology, and an STM degree from
the Jesuit School of Theology. Before becoming Pastor of Dolores Mission (1986-1992), Father Boyle taught at Loyola High School
and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has also served as Chaplain of the Islas Marias Penal
colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison. He is currently a member of the State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency
Prevention, and serves on the National Youth Gang Center Advisory Board. As Executive Director of Jobs For A Future / Homeboy
Industries, Father Boyle is a nationally renowned speaker at conferences for teachers, social workers and criminal justice
workers about the importance of adult attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.