LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles County will spend $1.3 million to help at-risk youths and young adults under a program approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

Officials will work with Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit, gang-intervention program founded and run by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest.

The effort will involve “tattoo removal, job development, and re-entry services (for) high-risk, high-need probationers and at-risk individuals between the ages of 14 (and) 30,” according to William Fujioka, the county’s chief executive officer.

Program participants will work on detailed educational and vocational plans with Homeboy staffers.

They will also have access to job placement and legal services, as well as classes, job training and therapy, including mental health and substance abuse counseling. Some will even be given money to buy clothes and transportation for job interviews.

Homeboy Industries had been forced to lay off 300 employees in May.

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Comments (7)
  1. randy says:

    give the money to the good kids to heck with the losers of the gangs, they are going to die anyways in a drive by and what a waste that is . At least the good kids of bad areas deserve it. not these rag wearing losers of colors,

    1. Lu says:

      Everyone deserves a chance, but I guess you wouldn’t know about that!!! If it weren’t for programs to help these children what would our world be? God loves everyone he is not a predjudice God, as you are.

  2. wobbles says:

    wasted money on people who’ve wasted all the opportunities life has to offer them in exchange for being feared by innocent law baiding people who are not getting a dime.

  3. Buck says:

    No one ever helped me with anything like this. I just starts working and kept going you either have the drive and will power or you don’t

  4. Buck says:

    As far as this goes what about the working class family kids in the valley who need help. Lots of people could use this help

  5. Sasha says:

    This is a great program. Glad to see this being picked up. As the homeboy website states “Nothing stops a bullet like a Job”

  6. Mike says:

    Total waste of money. What happened to the seperation of church and state? If Father Boyle is doing such a great job why doesn’t the church step up to the plate.. They have more money than the County. Father Boyle protects gang members who run from the police.

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