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L.A.'s Homegirl Café empowers former women gang-members through training programs in restaurant service and culinary arts.

Homegirl Café, a division of Homeboy Industries, is a social enterprise assisting at-risk and formerly gang-involved young women and men to become contributing members of our community through training in restaurant service and culinary arts. Homegirl Café offers a one year training program within the food and service industry, empowering young people to redirect their lives and providing them with hope for their futures.

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Homegirl Café makes a great case study of how to effectively assist young, gang-involved women in low-income urban environments.

By creating a supportive enviroment that provides job training skills and boosts confidence, Homegirl Café has not only empowered this underserved group; they have improved the safety of the community at large.

This model seems like a viable and sustainable solution -- one that can be replicated in communities around the world. What do you think?

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