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Marinating in Ghetto Air: Writing and Transformation at Homeboy Industries

Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Episode Summary
Featuring readings by Homeboy poets, on the deep impact creative writing can have on liberating formerly involved gang members.

Participant(s) Bio
Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. is a Jesuit priest who is Founder/Executive Director of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries, an employment referral center and economic development program located in Boyle Heights, a community with arguably the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles.

In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Father Boyle formed Homeboy Industries, to create businesses that provide training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side.

Father Boyle was born in Los Angeles. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology, and an STM degree from the Jesuit School of Theology. Before becoming Pastor of Dolores Mission (1986-1992), Father Boyle taught at Loyola High School and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has also served as Chaplain of the Islas Marias Penal colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison. He is currently a member of the State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency Prevention, and serves on the National Youth Gang Center Advisory Board.