This year marks the 20th anniversary of Homeboy Industries, a program offering at-risk and gang-involved youth free services and programs to help redirect their lives. Created in 1988 by Father Greg Boyle, the idea behind Homeboy Industries was a result of a search for answers to rising gang violence in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Father Boyle decided to develop services including counseling, educational training, job training and tattoo removal, all in order to help local youth make better choices. "Homeboy" has created thriving businesses including Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Caf? and a gift shop, which are all run by its members.
For more information about Homeboy Industries:
130 W. Bruno Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
COURTING LATINO MOVIEGOERS
Due to overwhelming numbers of Latino movie-goers, more and more theaters are catering to the Latino community. Once considered a mecca of Mexican and Latin American cinema in the U.S., the Million Dollar Theater in downtown LA re-opened its doors this year and will continue its legacy of featuring shows and movies for the Latino community. For more information, visit: www.milliondollartheater.com
Also catering to Latino movie enthusiasts is Maya Cinemas, the first chain of theaters with a Latino-theme and special programming for its guests. Maya Cinemas will be opening modern mega-plex movie theaters in predominantly Latino neighborhoods throughout the U.S. For more information, visit: www.mayareleasing.com
Standing at only 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 122 pounds, 27-year-old boxer Daniel Ponce De Leon packs a punch that has knocked out nearly all of his opponents. Growing up in Mexico in extreme poverty and now living as a professional boxer in Huntington Park, Daniel learned early on how to fight like a champion in more ways than one. Today, he has signed on with Oscar De La Hoya's company, Golden Boy Promotions, and was the reigning world champion in the WBO's Super Bantamweight division for three years. He lost his title to Puerto Rican Boxer Juan Manuel Lopez last June, but he's definitely one to watch.
For more information on Daniel, visit: www.goldenboypromotions.com/fighters/deleon.php
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