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Homeboy Industries


Father Gregory Boyle was a pastor at a church in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, a time of devastating gang violence. Boyle responded to the violence in the community by working with gang members and formerly incarcerated people. He started an organization that eventually came to be known as Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang rehabilitation project in the world. In his new book, Barking to the Choir: The power of radical kinship, Boyle explores the spiritual lessons learned from the stories of the former gang members he has worked with.

From tough neighborhoods to life-saving health careers

May 18, 2017
Tammerlin Drummond

I’m with emergency responders Nicolas Kinney and Chris Channell in a green and white Paramedics Plus ambulance racing to a 911 call in Fremont. We bump over train tracks and swerve through mid-afternoon traffic.

In the aftermath of the Baltimore unrest, President Obama has allocated an additional $450 million for job training programs. Logically, such programs programs make sense but evaluations of results have not been as positive as we would like.

On the May 24, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I'll moderate a conversation/debate on how much hope we should place on job training programs. Stephen Baiter who oversees government-funded job training programs will discuss the issue with Jim Bovard, who, before Congress, expressed skepticism about job training programs.

Young adults with disabilities prepare for the workforce at Fairyland

May 6, 2015

Intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults have few options after they leave high school. In the Bay Area, nearly 60% of these young people are unemployed or don’t make enough to earn a living. In Alameda County, a new program is making an effort to change that.