What began in 1988 as a way of improving the lives of former gang members in East Los Angeles has evolved into the largest gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program in the world. Each year, Homeboy Industries welcome thousands of people through its doors seeking to transform their lives. Whether joining our 18-month employment and re-entry program or seeking discrete services such as tattoo removal or substance abuse resources, their clients are embraced by a community of kinship and offered a variety of free wraparound services to facilitate healing and growth. In addition to serving almost 7,000 members of the immediate Los Angeles community in 2018, Homeboy’s flagship 18-month employment and re-entry program was offered to over 400 men and women. In 1986, when Homeboy Industries’ founder, Gregory Boyle became pastor of Dolores Mission Church, it was the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles. The parish included Aliso Village and Pico Gardens, then the largest public housing projects west of the Mississippi. They also had the highest concentration of gang activity. That was saying something, given Los Angeles’ reputation as the gang capital of the world. At the time, law enforcement tactics of suppression and criminal justice policies of mass incarceration were the prevailing means to deal with gang violence. But where others only saw criminals, Father Greg saw people in need of help. Today, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, welcoming thousands through our doors each year.
2nd Call is a community based organization that assists in the personal development of high risk individuals. In particular, 2nd Call ensures that formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into society post-release by providing opportunities for their advancement through employment. To achieve this end, 2nd Call offers its participants 1) life skills workshops that address issues related to anger management, financial responsibility, and behavioral skills; and 2) assistance securing vocational careers through unionized apprenticeships in allied trades including electrical work, plumbing, pipefitting, painting, construction, and manufacturing. Through its services, 2nd Call has been able to place formerly incarcerated individuals into sustainable careers instead of low-paying jobs--which is generally what is offered to this population or no job at all. 2nd Call facilitates courses in the following Los Angeles communities: South Los Angeles, Compton, Watts and Inglewood, Pasadena and throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.
Students 4 Students
Founded in 2015 by two graduate students, S4S is thefirst and only shelter in the nation exclusively serving college students experiencing homelessness. S4S partners with Bruin Shelter, a UCLA student organization, to run the 10-bed shelter for their peers at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. It’s open every night, providing a safe place to sleep, food to eat, a secure place for belongings, transportation stipends, and wrap-around medical and social welfare services for students ages 18-24 from all LA area colleges. The students may stay as long as needed, up to an academic year, while they work on a transition plan
School on Wheels
School on Wheels was founded in 1993 by a retired schoolteacherwho understood the importance of education to students experiencing homelessness, and recognized the terrible barriers that were preventing them from getting it. Its mission is to enhance the K-12 educational opportunities for children living in shelters, motels, group foster homes, campgrounds, cars or on the street. They are the only organization in LA dedicated exclusievely to the eductional needs of this population. In 2018 they provided more than 100,000 hours of eductional support to over 3,600 homeless children.
Transforming Future Leaders
New Earth provides youth with mentor-based creative arts and educational programs including poetry, music production, gardening, and fitness. New Earth currently serves 500 young people per week who are incarcerated in Los Angeles County detention facilities and placement homes and in the Orange County Juvenile Hall.
Upon release from incarceration, young people join our New Earth Arts & Leadership center in Culver City, CA where they receive career training, jobs, a fully accredited High School education program, mentorship, case management, nature expeditions, arts programming and wrap-around services that help them re-enter their communities with all the support and nurturing they need to make a successful transition.
New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice and system involved youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community.
USC Veterans Association
The goal of both the VRC and USCVA is to enhance the individual and academic success of veterans, active duty service members, and their family members. Operating as a collaborative effort under the auspices of the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Records, and Registrars Veterans Certification Office, the VRC provides a cooperative environment to support activities and lend a place of respite for commuting veterans. The VRC supports over 1,200 veterans and aims to launch a veteran mentorship program by the fall of 2018.
The USCVA has outlined a series of strategic initiatives to increase engagement and bolster the services provided to the veteran community. Included in this, is a push to have a larger more supportive space – either by renovating our current offices or by moving to a new location to build out for the expansion of programs – to support the growing veteran community.
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ACE Mentor Group
Los Angeles Conservancy