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Gang Intervention / FR. GREGORY BOYLE

Father Gregory Boyle has dedicated his life to helping LA's most marginalized individuals find a place in society's ranks. He has become a beacon of hope around the world, and was just selected as one of the White House Champions of Change. Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles. The largest and most successful gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world with free services and social enterprises.

Did Gregory ever think that he would be a part of building the largest gang intervention ever?

"No, people come to our headquarters and it is quite large and five hundred people mill around there at any given moment. And people say how did you think this up and you don't. You know you back you way into stuff, you evolve, you try to respond as best you can to think thing that is right in front of you, and then you respond to the next thing right in front of you" explains Gregory.

One part of Gregory's success is humility to ask people in the margins of the poor what will help you instead of saying here is what your problem is, here is how you can help yourself. For too long the outsider view drives the inside of the complex social dilemma. The more people that listen to the poor, the more chance we have to arrive together at some kind of a solution.

Homeboy and Homegirl Industries are the longest re-entry program in the planet. About 15 000 people walk through the doors seeking the services that the organization gives. They are entered in an 18 month training program which is paid. The organization has services such as tattoo removal, therapy and case management. There are 120 000 gang members in Downtown Los Angeles County. It is a pretty daunting social dilemma. The services of the program grew and has been running for 28 years. 

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