L.A.'s Homeboy Industries has been nationally recognized for its successful gang intervention programs. Now, a recent multimedia project by the Los Angeles Times reports, some of L.A.'s toughest ex-gang members are traveling to a dangerous rural enclave in Alabama known to locals as "Death Valley."
Their hope is to reach some of the area's youth, who face the same problems of desperate poverty that the Homeboys overcame 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles.
To see a short documentary, essays and photos on the Homeboys' new assignment, visit the Los Angeles Times.
Homeboy Industries is currently holding a "virtual car wash" to raise money for their organization. The program hopes to get one million people to donate $10 dollars.
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