G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles

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Father Gregory J. Boyle, SJ, is a native of Los Angeles, a Jesuit priest, and founder of Homeboy Industries, an economic development and jobs program begun in 1988 for at-risk and gang-involved youth. "A great many kids in my neighborhood don't plan their futures; they plan their funerals." G-Dog and the Homeboys presents the story of Boyle's unconventional ministry and its extraordinary successes. In this expanded, updated edition, Celeste Fremon has returned to East L.A. to report on gang members she first ...

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Father Gregory J. Boyle, SJ, is a native of Los Angeles, a Jesuit priest, and founder of Homeboy Industries, an economic development and jobs program begun in 1988 for at-risk and gang-involved youth. "A great many kids in my neighborhood don't plan their futures; they plan their funerals." G-Dog and the Homeboys presents the story of Boyle's unconventional ministry and its extraordinary successes. In this expanded, updated edition, Celeste Fremon has returned to East L.A. to report on gang members she first profiled fifteen years ago. Using their individual stories as models, she examines what policy makers should know about gang intervention now, years later.

About the previous edition:"[Celeste Fremon] offers [Father] Boyle as an example of how approaching gang violence with an eye towards prevention and intervention can be much more effective than simply aiming for 'lock-'em-up and-throw-away-the-key' suppression. Throughout she includes the words of the gang members themselves as they reflect on their lives and what would aid them in improving their circumstances. In this new edition, she adds an afterword that follows up on the fates of a number of the individuals discussed in the main body of the text."—streetgangs.com"

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Father Greg Boyle admits that East Los Angeles can be a grim place: "A great many kids in my neighborhood don't plan their futures; they plan their funerals." But the Jesuit priest refuses to accept eulogies as his major job assignment. Working since 1986 in the poorest parish in the Los Angeles diocese, "Father Greg" has run Jobs for a Future, an ambitious, albeit cash-strapped program that has helped thousands of gang members discover a life beyond the death mill. G-Dog and The Homeboys presents the story Boyle's unconventional ministry and its extraordinary successes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826335364
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Edition description: Updated edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Celeste Fremon is a freelance journalist living in Los Angeles. She has retained close ties with Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries, and the East L.A. Pico neighborhood residents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2005

    Praises for Father Boyle

    Our imperiled youth, be they inner city kids or kids from suburbia need dedicated, caring ministries like Father Boyle's to show them the way out of drugs and gangs and violence and to help them find the ability to make choices that really work for them, i.e. decernment between right life style choices and wrong choices. Father Boyle's ministry is a very interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    Father Greg Is An Angel.

    Father Greg is a positive male role model that these young men are starving for and dying for the lack of. His tough love and bravery has disarmed them and made him familia with these young vatos. This book is inspiring and a must read of how we can make a diffrence in our communites by geting involved with the young men who are hungry for guidance love and even disipline.

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