The honor, which comes with a $2.5 million prize, is given to nonprofits for that have made "extraordinary contributions" toward alleviating human suffering.
Homeboy Industries is dedicated to helping former inmates and gang members turn their lives around. Its founder, Father Gregory Boyle, tweeted that the prize money will support Homeboy's many initiatives, expand current programs and develop new ones.
We are excited to share that Homeboy Industries has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Hilton Humanitarian Prize! With this funding we will have the ability to expand our programs and develop new ones. Thank you and let’s continue changing the world! #HiltonPrize #Kinship pic.twitter.com/j4L9ASYBMv— Father Gregory Boyle (@FrGregBoyle) August 3, 2020
Since 1988, Homeboy Industries has given gang members and incarcerated men and women a chance to work, find safe housing, and make a new life.
Their future vision, called "2030 Ambition," seeks to change the way the world views and treats those on the margins of society.
For more information, visit www.homeboyindustries.org.