NASPA is excited to be collaborating with nationally known Homeboy Industries who provide hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women in the community. Homeboy Industries, first began its efforts in the 1980’s. In 1988 through the Dolores Mission they began the “Jobs for a Future” campaign. In 2001, Homeboy Industries came to be, and it has then become one of the largest, most holistic, and successful “gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the country.” Homeboy Industries impacts approximately 10,000 individuals a year through their different efforts, such as: tattoo removal, workforce development, educational services, case management, legal services, mental health services, and solar panel institutional training and certification program.
We have the opportunity to work alongside the Educational Service branch of Homeboy Industries. The objectives for this community service project include: (1) provide comprehensive, holistic, and engaging workshops to homies in the areas of financial aid, re-entry services , hidden curriculum, and navigating higher education, (2) mentorship station, where potential mentors meet and engage with homies, (3) and provide tools to homies as to how shift deficit model systems while navigating higher education. In addition, Homeboy Industries has offered to provide NASPA Community Service attendees with the first ever Previously-Incarcerated student ally training workshop at the beginning of the community service day. The day is geared towards creating a high impact, community building, transformational experience for homies preparing to enter higher education. NASPA attendees will also obtain first-hand knowledge as to how to increase visibility, support, and success for previously incarcerated students navigating their institutions of higher education.
Join us and learn from the nation leading Homeboy Industries in planting the seeds of change and support for previously incarcerated students in higher education!
If you need further information, please reach out to Magdalena Muñoz at firstname.lastname@example.org