We’re excited to be in the middle our pilot program with Homeboy Industries, helping to reach more than 40 of their youth members for a 6 week long summer program.
We have been offering virtual, free classes to their members featuring all aspects of our JKL curriculum, including yoga sessions, calisthenics classes, hip hop classes, nutrition demos and tips on managing anxiety.
Homeboy Industries’ overarching goal is to see individuals heal from trauma. Over their 30-year history, they have seen time and time again the way that new experiences outside of the neighborhood help their program participants along their journey of healing. For most justice-involved and gang-involved youth that they’ve worked with, we know summer to be a particularly vulnerable time for street violence in the absence of access to what some kids experience as typical summer opportunities.
Homeboy leaders lead a variety of experiences throughout the year for program participants to experience life outside of their trauma and their neighborhoods. They aim to provide opportunities to learn in spaces one has not experienced before, to find serenity in spaces of nature, to process and reflect surrounded by beauty and art, and to grow confidence and imagination while in kinship and community with other participants.
We are proud to be partnering with such an amazing organization.