Homies Unidos programs offer a four-pronged prevention & intervention approach towards creating peace in our communities.
EDUCATION: The Epiphany Project is a 12-week educational course designed to help non-active gang members reintegrate into their communities. Upon completion of the program, Homies Unidos pays for the removal of any visible “gang-related” tattoos. Gang tattoos can act as an obstacle to finding employment and can be potentially life threatening, due to the negative effect visible tattoos can have on active gang members, even after an individual has left his/her gang.
FAMILY: Strong families are key to violence prevention. Through our Family Wellness Workshops, we work to build mutual understanding between parents and children. To ease the struggles as young people embrace a life without violence, we seek to enlist support and participation of their families. Our workshops enhance relationship and communications skills to help maintain family wellness and keep families together.
ADVOCACY: Our Libertad con Dignidad program was designed to organize and participate in grass roots political advocacy on behalf of our most vulnerable communities. We encourage program participants to give back to their communities through these advocacy programs. Becoming “involved” helps our families feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives.
INTERVENTION: Homies Unidos is in a unique position to intervene and curtail the troubles of “at-risk” youth through leadership roles because we were once “at-risk” ourselves. We are often called upon by members of the community for advice and instruction on how to prevent potentially life threatening situations.
- Over the past 10 years, Homies Unidos has reached over 5000 youth and families with our violence prevention presentations and programs.
- Over the past 5 years, Homies Unidos has removed more than 300 gang related tattoos.
- Over the past 5 years, 925 youth and parents have graduated from the Homies Unidos Epiphany Project.
- Throughout the past year, Libertad con Dignidad served the underserved by providing assistance to over 500 people whose lives were affected by deportation with our, Know Your Rights workshops and school presentations.
Today the mission of Homies Unidos continues. Homies Unidos presently has 40 youth awaiting tattoo removal and another 50 ready to begin Homies Unidos’s 12-week Epiphany Project. The staff continue to teach leadership programs, Family Wellness Workshops, and lead Grassroots Political Advocacy on behalf of the various communities in Los Angeles. If you would like to schedule a meeting with us or arrange to have Homies speak at your event please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-383-7484