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LA gang intervention program goes global

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 01:31

Los Angeles gang intervention program ''Homeboy Industries'' goes global, building partnerships with similar programs around the world. Elly Park reports.

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In a previous life these skilled bakers were gang members - now working on rebuilding their life at Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles gang intervention program that employs hundreds of young men and women. Today the program has grown into a loose international organization called "Global Homeboy Network", its two-day workshop attracting attendees from many different countries who are welcome to "steal" any ideas to apply it to their local programs. Homeboy Industries Founder Father Greg Boyle. SOUNDBITE: Homeboy Industries Founder Father Greg Boyle saying (English): "We didn't want to become the McDonald's of gang intervention programs, you know with over five billion gang members served, so the idea really is to invite people in their own particularity, that Glasgow is different than Guatemala City." Here to learn from Homeboy's success is Iain Murray, a police officer from Scotland. SOUNDBITE: Scotland-Based Violence Reduction Unit Inspector Iain Murray saying (English): "We've got to do something different to achieve change and achieve different results. And yes we are good at detection but we also need to look at the more important thing trying to be good at prevention as well, so that's our take on it." Homeboy Industries has successful alumni including Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral who wants to be a role model for at-risk youth. SOUNDBITE: Emmy-Nominated Best Supporting Actor Richard Cabral saying (English) "If they wanna know I'm here, there's no difference between me and them. I came from the same streets, I came from the same prison, and if I could do it I think there's no reason why you can't do it." While still in its infancy many here are hopeful that the network could grow into an even stronger global movement.

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LA gang intervention program goes global

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 01:31