Everychild 2019 Grant: Homeboy Industries
Homeboy Industries (HBI) will create the first “Homeboy Industries Youth Re-Entry Center – A Home for Everychild” in Los Angeles County. The program focuses on helping high-risk, gang-involved youth, aged 14-21, who are on probation and living in poverty. The grant will be used to purchase a 3,000-square-foot building in Boyle Heights next door to a current HBI facility. It will also support new staff and a set of comprehensive services including education, mental health, case management, legal and work readiness. HBI will serve over 280 youth per year who are currently or previously on probation. HBI’s goals include graduating 35 youth per year with a high school diploma, placing over 80% of youth trainees in postsecondary education or employment after completion of its 12-month model program, and preventing 50% of previously incarcerated participants from recidivating by 25 years old.