Social Change so Far
The following blog post is a summary taken from the Homeboy Industry website on why they do what they do as well as the change that they have had a part in so far.
Why: According to http://www.homeboyindustries.org/why-we-do-it/, 2/3 of youth offenders will be re-arrested, and 1/3 of those will be just a year after their initial release from incarceration. Homeboy is stationed in Los Angeles for a reason: in 2010, Education Week named the city the “dropout epicenter” of the nation. LA county is “home to 34% of California’s poor, with a poverty rate of 16.1%. 75% of youth gang homicides in the state of California occur in Los Angeles County.” (http://www.homeboyindustries.org/why-we-do-it/).
Change so far: According to a 2015 graphic on the Homeboy Industries website the following are the statistics on the effect Homeboy had in a given month in 2015.
- Up to 1,000 former gang members and previously incarcerated persons come through the doors seeking free services
- 800 tattoo removal sessions
- 140 clients seen for legal counsel
- 120 clients seen for mental health counsel
- 240 job trainees through case management
- 400 students attending classes