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Known by most as simply “Father Greg”, Father Gregory Boyle founded Homeboy Industries, Inc. in Los Angeles to provide pathways out of violence through education, employment and community support. Father Greg found himself burying many young men during the height of gang violence between 1988 and 1998, a time known as the decade of death. Demonization of gang members led to further marginalization and was fueling the cycle of violence, so the largest gang intervention program ever established set out to humanize this population and invest in their futures. Since then, employment, therapy and group work have displaced the stigma of mental health support, and communities are recovering. With Dr. Bonnie Simpson Mason.

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