Good stuff from Brad at Writing to Freedom. The story about rocks reminds me that I’ve collected rocks and shells since I was about 10 years old. I’ve even painted a few.
This week Awesome Stories brings you Homeboy Industries, stone appreciation, and the secret to happiness.
Father Greg started Homeboy Industries as part of Dolores Mission with the idea to invest in gang members rather than simply incarcerate them. Based in the LA with one of the largest gang, prison, and poverty populations in the country, their success has helped change the conversation and possibilities around gangs and incarceration. It has grown to become one of the most successful and comprehensive intervention and rehabilitation programs in the country. They serve about 10,000 men and women a year with a job training program that employs 200 people at a time for 18 months to gain the skills they need to find gainful employment. Additionally, about 46 states and countries have modeled parts of their program to deal with gang and violence problems. Their success comes from understanding that the former gang members need…
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