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August 06, 2014

Doheny Foundation Helps Trainees Learn Job Skills and Much More

The Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation has generously donated $52,000 to support Homeboy’s job training program. Trainees who participate in our 18-month program feed their personal needs with our free services (including education and mental health) while learning job skills that will allow them to feed their families. On the job at Homeboy, trainees learn soft skills, such as arriving on time and working as part of a team. They also receive specialized training in “externships” or at our social enterprises: Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Diner, Homeboy Merchandise, and Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery.

As former trainee and current senior navigator Robert Juarez recently said: “I get a check for working here, but beyond that, my soul gets fulfilled. I take what I learn here home to my kids, to my house.”

We are grateful to the Doheny Foundation for making transformations like Robert’s possible.

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August 06, 2014

Bank of America: Banking on the Homeboy Community

We are pleased to announce a gift of $15,000 from Bank of America to support job training at Homeboy Industries. Whether participants in our 18-month training program are serving meals at Homegirl Café, stocking the Homeboy Merchandise store, or answering phones at the reception desk, they’re gaining the skills necessary to build careers and take care of their families.

On July 31, James Hsu, Bank of America’s Vice President, Consumer Market Manager, visited Homeboy with representatives from nearby branches. Trainee Sal Chacón took them on a tour of Homeboy headquarters and shared his personal story about overcoming prison, homelessness, and other struggles. Today he’s a tour guide, budding artist, and caring father. Our B of A guests, some of whom grew up in the same communities as our trainees, expressed their appreciation for Homeboy’s role in helping former gang members transform their lives.

(Photo by Salvador Sanchez.)

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August 01, 2014


Learning Works Charter High School registration is coming up:

* August 11:  application packets can be picked up at LW and turned into Ashley
* September 11:  registration appointments begin with Sylvia
* LW@HBI:  is located at 1916 E. 1st St., LA 90033
* Questions:  call Sylvia, LW Registrar (626) 796-9235 or Ashley (323) 796-4415

August 22-23:

Homeboy staff will participate in the American Association of Anger Management Providers’ (AAAMP) 2014 First Annual Conference on “Emotional Intelligence for Anger Management,” at the LA Convention Center. Father Greg will also be one of the speakers. For more info and registration.

September 3-4:

Along with AVP-USA, we are offering another Basic 2-Day AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) Workshop for our trainees. This intensive learning experience teaches interpersonal conflict resolution skills, building a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on: affirmation, communication, cooperation, and creative conflict resolution.

September 23:

In collaboration with our partner, Children’s Institute, Inc., we will convene a second Community Roundtable, “The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children,” at CII. For more info and registration.

October 23-25:

Homeboy will host an Anger Management Facilitator Training at our offices, presented by Anderson Services. For more info and registration.


These events are part of our ongoing dedication to provide a learning environment and professional development for our trainees and staff. We strive to collaborate with our partners to offer programming that is meaningful for our community. For more information about any of the above, please go to the Educational Services page on our website.

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August 01, 2014

Jenner And Block encourage 5k corporate sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship is one of the best ways businesses can get involved with Homeboy Industries.  For example, events like the upcoming “Every Angeleno Counts” 5K on October 18 provide a great opportunity for companies to align themselves with a meaningful cause and get more involved with their community..

For the second year, Jenner & Block, a national law firm with offices in downtown Los Angeles, will be among the race sponsors.

Celebrating its centennial in 2014 and its fifth anniversary in LA, Jenner & Block’s  approximately 450 attorneys provide full-service litigation and transactional support to a variety of corporate clients.  The firm has a well-known appellate practice as well as a highly-regarded content, media, and entertainment practice.  In addition, Jenner & Block attorneys are nationally recognized for their  pro bono service handling a wide range of matters, from human rights and civil liberties cases to death penalty challenges. 

“One of the unique things about Jenner is the firm’s commitment to the community and public service,” says partner Carissa Coze.  “There’s a long standing tradition of being an integral part of the communities where we work.  This public service goes beyond pro bono work.  Our office chose to participate in the run to raise the profile of Homeboy Industries, which we believe to be a critical force in Los Angeles.  Partnering with Homeboy enables us to offer the talents and skill sets of our lawyers and staff to support the mission of Homeboy Industries.”

“Our goal at Jenner  is to be woven into the fabric of the community,” says Justin Portaz, head of business development.   “Participating in the run highlights our commitment to the community and its diverse and rich culture.  What I really like about the run itself is that it brings the community togetherand provides a way that lots of people can be involved.”

This year, Jenner & Block will be participating with a cadre of runners and volunteers who will help with pre-race activities and recruit participants from clients and friends. “We use this opportunity as a platform to promote Homeboy to those who aren’t familiar with the value it delivers to the community,” Coze says.

At the race, it’s fun to see everyone working together for a worthy cause: “Lawyers, staff, family, kids. The Homeboy 5K helps to build a culture of collaboration within our office,” says Portaz.  “It can do that for any organization.  We’d like to see our clients, competitors, and others get behind Homeboy, too.”

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August 01, 2014

Gordy invites you to run, walk, and stand with him on October 18.

Gordy grew up mostly in juvenile halls and met Homeboy’s Father Greg at one of them. Father Greg told Gordy he was welcome at Homeboy anytime. After a few more years, and some prison time, Gordy took Father Greg up on his offer last year. Now, he works as Father Greg’s runner, which includes scheduling appointments and doing errands, and at Homeboy’s reception desk. “I’ve made many good friends here,” Gordy said. “The environment is all the love and support that you need. Nobody’s going to let you fall down.”

When asked what motivated Gordy to get out of juvenile halls and, later, prison. “My goal to get my life in order and just start to enjoy it,” he said. And that, he is. In addition to working at Homeboy, Gordy takes classes and belongs to groups there, too, such as in Fatherhood, Narcotics Anonymous, and Anger Management. About a month ago, Gordy joined a running group through Back on My Feet, an organization that uses running to help people create self-sufficiency in their lives. Recently, Back on My Feet partnered up with Homeboy. “It was hard at first, but I stuck to it. I really enjoy it. We all gather, see how everything is going… and there are no handshakes, just hugs.” Before and after running, while huddled together in a circle, the group recites the Serenity Prayer. “We’re in recovery—with each other,” Gordy said.

Gordy meets with the group from 5:30-6:30 a.m., 3-4 times a week, and runs 4-6 miles each time. Five-thirty a.m.?! Personally, I couldn’t imagine running anytime, let alone before the sun comes up! But talking to Gordy helped inspire me. “It’s very therapeutic,” Gordy said. “A lot of things run through my mind as I’m running and I get to sort them all out… It’s not only about running—you're connecting with others, it helps build your confidence, helps you feel good overall. And once you feel good, I think you could bring that attitude to everything that you do.”

Maybe I’ll ease my way into running, starting with the Homeboy 5K. I asked Gordy why someone should do it. “It’s an amazing experience,” Gordy said. “It’s not just about the run but about supporting Homeboy Industries. It’s such an accomplishment. It brings that attitude to something else. If you can accomplish that, what can't you not accomplish? Come join us! Just get out there and try. You won’t regret it.”

I asked Gordy about his other successes since being at Homeboy. “I’ve accomplished all the goals I set out for myself,” he said. “I got a house, family, fiancée, two-month-old daughter… I just love it all, like seeing my baby starting to smile and be more alert… These are my biggest accomplishments I’ve done so far and it’s just a blessing.”
Sounds like you’re on the right track, Gordy. You can be too. For more information on the Homeboy 5K, or to become a team captain, contact

Written By Volunteer Natalia K. Lusinski

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October 18, 2014
June 13, 2014

Fatherhood Solution Conference

Friday, June 13th

7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference
Westin LAX Hotel
5400 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

I’ve attached the conference brochure and below is the link to the registration website:


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May 29, 2014

Transformation Stories Live: An Evening of Kinship and Compassion at Homeboy Industries

Join us on May 29th for Transformation Stories Live in the intimate setting of Homegirl Café. Celebrate the lives of the men and women who courageously choose the path of transformation every day at Homeboy Industries as we gather together to hear their stories. 

RSVP now!

2014 Homeboy Hero Jose Rodriguez and Homeboy trainees will share their stories. The program will be preceded by food and cocktails catered by Homegirl Café.

The event is $12 per person. Proceeds support Homeboy Industries.

When: Thursday, May 29; reception at 5:30, hourlong program at 6 p.m.

Where: Homegirl Café, 130 Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Please RSVP here:

And don't forget: May is Lo Maximo month, which means that everyone who signs up as a monthly giver through Tattoos on the Heart will receive a bag full of Homeboy goodies!

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April 26, 2014

Salud Arte: Building Healthy Communities

Salud Arte

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April 12, 2014

Goodeggs Foodhub Opening

Please stop by the Homeboy Industries table at the Goodeggs Los Angeles Foodhub Opening on Saturday, April 12, 2-6pm 2760 Clearwater Street Los Angeles, CA 90039 Live music, food, drinks, games, fun for the entire family!

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April 04, 2014

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

San Francisco International Arts Festival
present “Healing from Violence” A Conversation with Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Jerry Tello of National Compadres Network & National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute Friday, April 4th, 2014. 5:30pm-7:00pm (updated times), FREE at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) 514 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013 You are invited to attend this special conversation with community leaders working on local, national and international levels who will be discussing the topic of “Healing from Violence.”

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April 02, 2014

Safe Neighborhoods And Schools Rally

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February 20, 2014

Community Roundtable

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, in collaboration with Homeboy Industries, Children's Institute, Inc. will hold a one-day community roundtable to discuss several of the issues related to helping individuals successfully reintegrate into society after incarceration. We hope you'll join us! Click on the image for more information. roundtable

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December 14, 2013

Usher in the holidays with Transformation Stories at Homegirl Cafe

Please join us Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. for a special holiday edition of our ongoing Transformation Stories events. Experience inspiring stories of kinship and courage from Homeboy trainees, enjoy tamales from Homegirl Cafe and enter the raffle to win a gorgeous gingerbread house from Homeboy Bakery! From the margins to finding the Homeboy community, Homeboy trainees will share their experiences, revealing how while working at Homeboy their lives have been changed and how community trumps gang.


Learn how you can become a sustaining member of the Homeboy Industries community during the holidays and beyond, through our monthly giving program, Tattoos on the Heart.

This afternoon of kinship will feature tamales, as well as other light bites and aguas frescas from Homegirl Café.

Transformation Stories Saturday, December 14th, 2013 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (light bites at 4, program at 4:30) Homegirl Cafe 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Come on down. Please bring a friend. Admission by donation.

Presented by Tattoos on the Heart, Homeboy Industries’ new monthly giving program.

Easy monthly giving funds major monthly transformations.

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November 23, 2013

Fighting Shadows, Richard’s Cabral’s one man show

FIGHTING SHADOWS by RICHARD CABRAL, with ROBERT EGAN This is a passionate and poignant one man show celebrating the power of human transformation and redemption. The play is filled with story, poetry, music and love. Raised by a single mother in East Los Angeles, Richard fell victim to the self-destructive cycle that he and his family were born into -- gangs and drug addiction, and a life of crime that began in his early teens. By the age of 14, Richard was incarcerated. By 20 he was accused of shooting a rival gang member and fought a 35-year-to-life sentence. Through his art as actor and storyteller and his relationship with Homeboy Industries, Richard would turn his former life of pain into a thing of beauty. Richard now helps others who still struggle with the violent lives they were born into -- to see the light as he did. This one man show is his story. Richard Cabral is a professional actor who grew up in the gang world of East Los Angeles. He was recently awarded Homeboy Industries “Homeboy Hero Award” given to the former gang member who has moved on, 'graduated" from the Homeboy program, someone who has most profoundly transformed his/her life. Richard has been in five feature films, numerous television shows and now this, his first major theatre piece. His most recent movie appearance was in the Ridley Scott film, THE COUNSELOR. Robert Egan is a professional director, dramaturge and producer. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum for 20 seasons and presently is the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Robert has worked with Homeboy Industries for over a decade and was one of the original creators of the Lo Maximo Award ceremony. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Tickets are free. RSVP REQUIRED Performance at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90013

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November 02, 2013

Basketball Game vs. Power 106

Saturday November 2nd. Get your tickets for the battle on the court. Homeboy's basketball team will take on popular LA radio's Power 106.

Tickets are $10. Limited VIP tickets available. Get yours here.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Game time is 6 pm.

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September 21, 2013

2013 5K Run/Walk

Join us this Saturday for the 4th annual Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk at Los Angeles State Historic Park!

Early packet pick-up is at Homegirl Café on Friday, the night before the race, from 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
6-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration and packet pick-up
8 a.m. - Race time
The Homeboy Marketplace will be open until 11 a.m. with food and fun for everyone!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA ‎

On-site registration will be $45.00/adults, $20.00/kids $40.00/team members. We will accept cash, credit cards & checks.
-Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run alongside case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!

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August 22, 2013

Wine tasting event hosted by the Los Angeles Paralegal Association will benefit Homeboy

The Los Angeles Paralegal Association is holding a wine tasting on August 22. Proceeds from the event will go to support job training and the free services and programs offered at Homeboy Industries. Homeboy speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Learn more and register at L.A. Paralegal Assocation hosts benefit wine tasting event for Homeboy

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June 23, 2013

Kris Kristofferson & John Flynn Benefit Concert for Homeboy Industries

Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University

June 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm

kris kristofferson live in concert
Kris Kristofferson

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smothers Theater box office, over the phone at (310) 506-4522, or online at

VIP Tickets @ $250 include a private post-performance dessert reception with the artists and Father Greg Boyle

Additional tickets are $75 and $45.

Proceeds support job training and wraparound services for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women at Homeboy Industries. Call (323) 526-1254 x312 with questions. In addition to regular reserved seating tickets, a select number of VIP packages will be available, which will include premium seating within the first three rows, a limited-edition commemorative concert poster, and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Kristofferson, John Flynn, and Homeboy Industries founder Fr. Gregory Boyle after the show.

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May 18, 2013

“G-DOG” held over in Los Angeles Laemmle theaters - May 18 & 19

Thanks to audience support, "G-DOG" has been held over once again through May 19th at Laemmle theaters in Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 18th - 11am // Sunday, May 19th - 11am. Thanks for spreading the word to your friends and family!

* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711

Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer

Purchase tickets: Online Tickets

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May 04, 2013

“G-DOG” extended screenings in Los Angeles - May 4 & 5

If you missed the SoCal theatrical debut of "G-DOG" last week, you're in luck!! Due to popular demand, "G-DOG", the new documentary about Homeboy and Father Greg, has been extended through this weekend at Laemmle theaters in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 4th - 11am // Sunday, May 5th - 11am.

Join Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock, for a special Q&A following the screening of "G-DOG" in Santa Monica.

Join Homeboy staff for Q&A's following the screenings in NoHo, Pasadena and Claremont.

* Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
* Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711

Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer

Purchase tickets: Online Tickets

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April 25, 2013

“G-DOG” - Purchase the DVD today

G-Dog the Movie

Get your copy today from the Homeboy Industries Merchandise Store and Online.
G-Dog is a story about second chances - about the charismatic visionary Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who rescues kids from gangs by launching the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program, Homeboy Industries, now an international model. "Must See Film..." - Huffington Post "Inspirational" - LA Times "Amazing Film" - Film Talk, KPCC "Riveting…Brilliantly Told" - Latino Weekly Review

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April 20, 2013

Homeboy at the LA Times Festival of Books - April 20 & 21

Please swing by and support the Homeboy booth at the upcoming LA Times Festival of Books!!! Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. We'll be near the cooking stage and food trucks in the Blue Zone on Cromwell Field at USC - Booth #2081. Father Greg will be signing his NY Times best-seller, Tattoos on the Heart, and Homegirl Cafe Chef Pati Zarate will sign her beautiful, brand-new cookbook, Hungry for Life. Father Greg will be available: Saturday, 10-11am/4:30-6pm & Sunday, 12-5pm. Chef Pati will be available all throughout each day. We look forward to seeing you there!! Free and open to the public. For more info, go to the event website at:

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April 16, 2013


The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is thrilled to present the documentary "G-Dog", by Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock, as the first event of the 2013 NVFF K-12 Education & Outreach Program. After a well-received screening at last November's festival, the NVFF wants to continue sharing this important story with the community. Homeboy staffers and "G-Dog" co-stars, Hector Verdugo and Fabian Debora, will attend the screenings and discussions. Please join them at one of the following shows: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30-8pm - Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Auditorium. Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30-9pm - Napa District Auditorium. Thursday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30pm - American Canyon High School Auditorium. Possible additional screening in Calistoga TBA. Admission is free for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at door. More info at:

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April 05, 2013

“G-DOG” at Cleveland International Film Festival - April 5-6

The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the new documentary, "G-Dog", for two nights. One of its stars, Homeboy Substance Abuse Counselor and resident artist, Fabian Debora, will be in attendance, along with Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock. Two screenings: Friday, April 5th, 7:10pm. Saturday, April 6th, 4:40pm. Tower City Cinemas, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more info, go to:

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March 05, 2013

“G-DOG” film screening in Sydney, Australia

For those Homeboy supporters who live Down Under, please go support the Closing Night screening of "G-Dog", the new doco about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg, by Academy Award winner Freida Mock. Homeboy staffers, and "G-Dog" stars, Louis Perez and Fabian Debora, will be there to welcome you with big, open arms! Please stop by to say g'day and lend your support. Tuesday, March 5th. 6pm. Big Picture Film Festival, Event Cinemas, Sydney, Australia. Tickets required. More info at:

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December 15, 2012

2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk - December 15, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park

Join us for a great morning in the park to support Homeboy Industries!

- Registration & check-in open at 6:00am
- Come early for breakfast and shopping in the Homeboy Marketplace
- Race begins at 8am
- Stay late for post-race lunch, shopping, entertainment and community booths

What you can do now:
- Sign up to run!
- Spread the word!
- Put together a team!
- Become a corporate sponsor!
- Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run along side case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!

Registration Information
- $40 Adults
- $20 Children
- $30 Groups (10 or more registrants)

Each registrant will receive an exclusive 2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk t-shirt, along with a goodie bag and a certificate for free Angela's Potion in the Homegirl Cafe or Homeboy Bakery.

Register online now!

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October 10, 2012

G Dog - Sun Valley Film Festival

Meet Homeboy Industries' Associate Executive Director, Hector Verdugo, and Director of Re-Entry Services, Shirley Torres, cast members in the new documentary G-Dog, a film by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock at a VIP reception and benefit screening. Saturday, October 13th. 7pm. Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley, ID. Tickets required.

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August 21, 2012

Music & Film Festival - Ford Theatre - August 21, 2012

Bring a picnic or grab dinner at the Homeboy Marketplace, rock out to your favorite Oingo Boingo songs with Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party (featuring former members of Oingo Boingo) and then, after the sun goes down, watch an advance screening of “G-DOG”, the new documentary from Academy Award ® Winning filmmaker, Freida Lee Mock. The film follows Father Greg Boyle and the men and women of Homeboy Industries as they faced the financial crisis that almost closed their doors forever.

Gates @ 6:00pm / Band @ 7:30pm / Movie @ 8:30pm

General Admission is $40 (advance)/$45 (regular), VIP is $150 (advance)/$155 (regular). To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE or call 323.461.3673

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June 17, 2012

Free Screening of “G-Dog” at LA Film Fest

"G-Dog", the new film by Academy Award winning film maker, Freida Lee Mock, will be screening at this year's LA Film Fest on Father's Day (Sunday, June 17, 2012) at 4:20pm at the Regal Cinemas at Regal Cinemas LA Live. Tickets are free, but space is limited. For more information about the LA Film Fest, and to reserve your tickets, go here. The documentary, which features Father Greg, Hector Verdugo, Louis Perez, Shayna Welcher, Brian Moon and Kyle Shoaf, chronicles life at Homeboy Industries during the economic crisis that almost forced it to close its doors. For more information about the film, visit their website at

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June 08, 2012

Town Hall Meeting: Save Adult Education in LAUSD!

The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken away most funding for Adult Education within the district. Adult Education is vital for the members of this community as it is an affordable source of quality education and vocational training. Please join Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries as we open our doors to the public and invite our community's leaders to candidly discuss this impacting issue. Friday, June 8 @ 4pm Homeboy Industries Headquarters 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

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