EDUCATIONAL SERVICES MISSION:

To increase awareness of personal power and capacity to contribute in a meaningful and positive way to family, workplace and community.

THE 'WHY'

Because of the distinct and singular power that education has on reducing recidivism, easing reintegration, and enhancing opportunties for employment, family reunification, healing and positive self-regard, Homeboy Industries' Educational Services engages more people each day than any other department. We adapt traditional and alternative learning strategies to better serve our community. Part of the focus of our work involves providing hope through education and co-creating a solid foundation based on kinship and reciprocation. Our strengths-based philosophy means that each member of our community is valued for his or her diverse gifts, talents and assets.

This unique relational approach accounts for our success in attracting and retaining those individuals who might, in other circumstances, not feel empowered to pursue educational opportunities. Providing safe learning spaces, we help reframe the educational experience and begin to open horizons. These classes become an integral part of the healing process, and those who attend regularly come to realize the positive generational effect education has on themselves and their families. While continually engaged in their own personal growth, the intergenerational cycle -- of violence, of incarceration, of disenfrachisement, of self-sabotage -- is finally broken.

THE 'WHAT'

Homeboy Industries offers almost fifty classes/groups each week, covering a wide range of topics. Our academic curriculum provides support in high school equivalency test preparation, college readiness, reading and writing. Currently, over thirty adult students are enrolled in prep classes and individual tutoring to obtain their GED Credential. An additional dozen are working toward receiving their high school diploma. As well, our Pathways to College program engages over forty trainees and community clients in post-secondary education, offering a biannual workshop series and personalized support, as needed.

Beyond the academic, classes in personal development and life skills, as well as substance abuse and support groups, are offered as part of our overall commitment to healing, wellness, empowerment and self-sufficiency. These courses range from Building Positive Relationships, Anger Management and Parenting, to Financial Literacy, Creative Writing and Meditation. We offer a variety of recovery support groups throughout the week, such as AA, NA, NA Women to Women, 12-Step Study, Al-Anon Circle of Hope, and CGA (Criminals and Gang Members Anonymous).

We frequently evaluate our curriculum, and adapt as needed, to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community.

THE 'WHO'

More than 300 trainees and community clients participate in the classes offered through our Educational Services department every month. Most attend multiple classes each week, filling almost 3000 seats monthly. In fact, our trainees are required to attend specified classes as outlined in the service plan created with their Case Manager upon entering our training program. It's not just about the work they do in their jobs, but the work they do on themselves, that propels them successfully through our program.

Our community participants range from court-mandated clients referred to our Domestic Violence Batterer's Intervention Program, Anger Management or Parenting classes, to those who are simply interested in learning, healing, and growing in a supportive and enriching environment.

We invite you to visit us and explore what we have to offer in the Educational Services department.

THE 'WHEN'

We offer a variety of free classes and support groups all day long, Monday through Friday. Download the latest class schedule here.

THE 'HOW'

Our Educational Services department runs off the dedicated efforts of a small group of staff and trainees. While most of our classes and support groups are taught by Homeboy staff, many are facilitated by our numerous steadfast volunteers, some of whom have been with us for years. We currently have over 40 volunteers in the Educational Services department, working on behalf of our community. We simply could not offer these free services without all of their assistance. We are utterly grateful for their commitment to our mission and the consistency with which they give of their time and energy. We know many of them get as much out of being here as they give, and we are thankful for that. Find out more about our current volunteer needs here.

Other classes are the result of collaborations with local organizations, like Peace Over Violence (Building Healthy Relationships class), Alternatives to Violence Project USA (AVP mini-sessions), Street Poets (poetry workshop), Reading Opens Minds (Homeboy Book Club), East Los Angeles College (guest speakers for Pathways to College), and Los Angeles County Probation Department (approves and audits Domestic Violence classes). We are appreciative of these organizations for doing important and valued work at Homeboy.

Homeboy Industries is proud to acknowledge our funding partner, Children's Institute, Inc., sponsor of our very popular Project Fatherhood groups. To address the problem of absentee fathers, CII created Project Fatherhood in 1996 to re-engage low-income fathers, particularly in urban settings, in the care and upbringing of their children. Through therapy, support, parenting education and other services, fathers learn to be more loving, responsible parents and active participants in their children’s lives. This program has had an immeasurable effect on the lives of our Homeboy participants and their familes. We thank CII for selecting Homeboy Industries as a subgrantee for it's Project Fatherhood Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CII's Project Fatherhood.

Also under the umbrella of the Educational Services department is Learning Works Charter School @ Homeboy (LW@HBI), located at our former 1st Street site in Boyle Heights. The independent study-based high school is chartered under the Pasadena Unified School District. The mission of LW is to provide a personalized, rigorous academic program to disengaged youth and students in crisis who have dropped out of traditional school. The LW@HBI partnership began in 2010, and our site serves youth from the East Los Angeles area, as well as those re-entering the community from one of the many juvenile probation camps and detention centers, which Father Greg visits monthly. With average enrollment this year at 125 students, LW@HBI was honored to graduate 22 students in June 2015. One of our most important partners, LW specializes in the education component, while Homeboy Industries provides the wraparound services, mentorship, and part-time employment development of the students. Our core principles and commitment to those who need a second chance are a powerful match, making this a very strategic alliance. Learning Works Charter School.

THE 'WHERE'

All classes are offered onsite at Homeboy Industries, 130 W. Bruno Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Our charter high school is located at Homeboy's previous Boyle Heights site: Learning Works @ Homeboy, 1916 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

 

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH HOMEBOY'S EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND OUR PARTNERS:

Wednesday, February 11th - 3:30-5pm:

"Reentry Resource Fair," sponsored by East LA/Boyle Heights Reentry Collaborative, will be held at Learning Works@Homeboy, 1916 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033. Free food and raffle prizes. This resource fair is for anyone on probation or parole, recently released from probation camp, juvenile hall, county jail or state prison, or their family members who want more info on available resources in the community. A variety of organizations will be present. For more info, call Raul Diaz (323) 517-4218. More info.

Thursday, February 5th - 10:30am-1pm:

Learning Lab: “Community School: Partnership Approach,” Learning Works Charter School, 90 N. Daisy Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107. For more info, call Ana Treto (626) 564-9890. More info.

Thursday-Friday, February 19th-20th - 9am-5pm:

"Cultivating the Peace Within Us" Basic A.V.P. Workshop, facilitated by the LA chapter of Alternatives to Violence Project, held at the California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. AVP workshops develop basic conflict resolution skills. Exercises focus on: affirmation, communication, cooperation, community building and creative conflict resolution. For more info call Ann (323) 683-4002 or Michelle (323) 868-7514. More info.

Thursday, March 5th - 10:30am-1pm:

Learning Lab: “Middle School Prevention of Dropouts,” Learning Works Charter School, 90 N. Daisy Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107. For more info, call Ana Treto (626) 564-9890.

Thursday, April 16th - 10:30am-1pm:

Learning Lab: “Harm Reduction: Drug Use,” Learning Works Charter School, 90 N. Daisy Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107. For more info, call Ana Treto (626) 564-9890.

RECENT EVENTS:

Wednesday, January 14th - 10am-12pm:

"Reentry Resource Fair," sponsored by East LA/Boyle Heights Reentry Collaborative, will be held at Learning Works@Homeboy, 1916 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033. Lunch will be offered. For more info, call Raul Diaz (323) 517-4218.

Thursday, December 4th - 7pm:

"Homeboy Prose & Poetry Showcase": Homeboy trainees from our Creative Writing class and our Street Poets Workshop are joining forces to share their work for an evening of creativity, words and drumming. Homeboy Industries' lobby, 130 W. Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Tuesday, October 21st - 10:30am-1pm:

Learning Lab: “Serving Youth on Probation,” Learning Works Charter School, 90 N. Daisy Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107. More info here.

Friday, October 17th - 8:30am-5pm:

Children's Institute Presents an IN HARMS WAY Conference: "Trauma Informed Care: A National Conference for Helping Professionals," Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608. Register here.

Tuesday, September 23rd - 9am-2pm:

Children's Institute & Homeboy Industries' Community Roundtable: “The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children,” 2121 Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026. Register here.

Monday, August 11th:

Learning Works registration process for the 2014-15 school year begins in August. Application packets can be picked up from Ashley at LW@HBI beginning August 11th. Upon receipt of completed application and transcripts, registration appointments can be made with Sylvia beginning September 11th. For more information, please call Sylvia, the Registrar, at (626) 564-2871.

Tuesday, June 17th - 6pm:

Learning Works Graduation Ceremony, LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, Arcadia. See Commencement Program here.

Friday, June 13th - 8:30am-4:30pm:

7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference: "Strengthening Relationships Between Fathers and Their Children", LAX Westin Hotel. Register here.

Thursday, May 29th - 5-7pm:

Open House for Learning Works @ Homeboy, 1916 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Wednesday, May 28th - 10:30am-1:30pm:

Learning Lab: “Homeboy Industries & Learning Works: A Strategic, Loving Partnership”, LWCS Pasadena, 90 N. Daisy Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107. Register here.

Thursday, March 20th - 9am-4pm:

Children's Institute & Homeboy Industries' Community Roundtable: “Reintegration Through Kinship,” 155 N. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026. More info here.

 

Watch an inspirational TED Talks Education video on relationships and learning:

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