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LA Weekly
Tacolandia 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

El Pueblo de Los Angeles
125 Paseo De La Plz
Los Angeles, CA 90012



LA Weekly is proud to present Homeboy Industries as the charity benefitting from this year's Tacolandia event.

Homeboy Industries helps formerly gang involved and the previously incarcerated, by offering hope, training and job skills. Our goal: To help former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and our community. Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the nation and has become a model for other organizations and cities.

Homeboy celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2013. The program was started by Father Greg Boyle in 1988 to answer the need for employment opportunities among youth. It began in th Dolores Mission Parish in Boyle Heights (East Los Angeles). Today, Homeboy is located in gang-neutral downtown Los Angeles.

True to the nature of the definition of a social enterprise, Homeboy works to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being through its businesses. By offering former gang members a place to work, Homeboy provides a place for them to learn soft skills, like administration and customer service, and also vocational skills from solar panel installation to pastry baking or catering. These jobs in Homeboy's social enterprises, often the first "legit" employment our clients have ever held, give our clients confidence and self esteem while enabling them to provide for their families.