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Help women leave gang life at the Homegirl Cafe!



Support training for young women at the Homegirl Cafe, which provides on-the-job culinary training and free support services, from tattoo removal to mental health counseling. Trainees also learn urban farming techniques and grow organic produce while leading community workshops on gardening and nutrition in low-income communities and in low-income schools

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

For women, incarceration rates have increased by 57% between 1995-2005 and continue to rise by about 3% annually. In California, 75% of youth gang homicides and 100,00 probation cases are in Los Angeles County. With a recidivism rate of 58%, many of these young women lack the support systems and job skills they need to live healthy and stable lives.

How will this project solve this problem?

Young women returning from incarceration or in gang-involved families learn restaurant skills, receive services from GED prep to Baby & Me classes, hone urban farming techniques and lead community workshops as part of the Homegirl Cafe Training program,

Potential Long Term Impact

Training over 40 women/year, giving them concrete skills and the tools to make a positive change in their lives enables them create and maintain stable homes, improving the lives of their children, their families, and their community.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $17,407
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $42,593
Total Funding Goal: $60,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Stephen Lucasi

Grants Manager
Los Angeles, CA United States

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