Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based organization, is the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world and offers education, therapy, tattoo removal, substance abuse treatment, legal assistance and job placement services to former gang members.
During the visit, 20 LA Galaxy staff members and players A.J. DeLaGarza, Dan Gargan, Rafael Garcia and Alan Gordon were at the facilities to participate in their Teambuilding Tamalada program and meet trainees of the program. While there, the staff and players made tamales from scratch with Homeboy Industries trainees.
The Galaxy also received a tour of the Homeboy Industries facilities courtesy of the trainees.
Founded in 1992, Homeboy Industries serves former gang members of all ages through intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry while providing trainees with a number of education, legal and health services. All these services are provided in a trauma-informed, therapeutic community setting that also allows them to work on attachment repair and building healthy relationships with co-workers who may formerly have been members of rival gangs. For more information on Homeboy Industries, visit www.homeboyindustries.org.
20 for Twenty is a year-long initiative that will see the implementation of 20 unique community service acts to celebrate the Galaxy’s 20th season in Major League Soccer. The Galaxy Foundation has previously hosted a Build Day with Habitat of Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, participated in Read Across America, visited partners CHLA, worked with Heal the Bay to help clean Redondo Beach and participated in the March of Dimes, March for Babies and hosted a Women’s Soccer Seminar to date.
For any additional information, please contact any member of the LA Galaxy Communications staff. For more information on the LA Galaxy’s initiatives in the local Los Angeles community, visit //www.lagalaxy.com/community.