Father Greg Boyle has been an advocate for at-risk and gang-involved youth in Los Angeles for over 25 years. In 1992, he founded Homeboy Bakery, with a mission to create an environment that provided training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side. The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional businesses and services. Today, 12,000 young people a year arrive at Homeboy Industries in search of jobs, counseling, high-school degrees and free tattoo removal. Fr. Boyle’s book, “Tattoos on the Heart” chronicles his years of working with gang members with brilliant, heartbreaking, and hopeful stories.
He spoke at Pepperdine University’s Payson Library on April 13, 2011.