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formerly gang involved.
Lami Glenn is fascinated by the sociology classes he’s taking at Los Angeles Community College, but the truth is, he’s been studying human behavior since he was a kid growing up in South Central L.A.
“I knew at 12, 13, 14 that if I ever had kids, I’d want to raise them differently from how I was raised,” he says.
When he enrolled in Homeboy’s 18-month Job Training program, he signed up for Project Fatherhood, a joint venture with Children’s Institute Inc., which helps men develop tools to become positive influences in their children’s lives. Unlike most of the men in the group, Lami wasn’t a father—he just wanted to be ready when the time came.
The time came sooner than he expected, when he learned that his ex-girlfriend was pregnant.
“I’ve gotten a lot of insight on how to deal with co-parenting,” Lami says. “The main thing I see in the group is that all these guys genuinely love their kids. They’re crushed when they can’t spend time with them.”
As he awaits his baby’s birth, Lami tries to stay focused on school and his job at Homeboy. He was just made a Navigator—a peer mentor position in which he’ll provide guidance to other trainees. But even at his previous post behind the cash register at the Homeboy Merchandise store gave him plenty of opportunity to observe daily life at Homeboy.
“The coolest thing is the people who come here every day because they’ve been inspired by Father G and they want to help,” he says. He admits that, just as visitors to Homeboy often change their perceptions about former gang members, he has reconsidered how he sees white people. “I see that it’s not a color thing. People who give to Homeboy are all different ages and religious backgrounds too. Their generosity is what drives me.”
Lami especially enjoys interacting with school groups, and hopes to work in the field of youth gang intervention, helping kids who face the same struggles he once did.
“If I’d grown up in Beverly Hills, I wouldn’t have had the same problems. But you’re born where you’re born. There were probably twenty liquor stores in a couple of miles from me, but no bookstores or libraries.”
As Lami reflects on the world around him and sets goals for the future, it’s plain to see that his child—by virtue of having a loving and well prepared father—will get off to a strong start in life.