First Chance Industries aims to support low-income children living in King County, through high-quality education and services that provide an equitable and inclusive solution to systemic poverty.
The genesis of our program is Homeboy Industries Los Angeles (our model) began in 1987, when a young, Jesuit Priest named Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. (“Tattoos on the Heart”) made the radical decision to look beyond the violence. Fr. Boyle embraced teen-agers at risk, formerly incarcerated and gang-involved young people in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, when L.A. was overwhelmed with 90,000+ gang members.
Fr. Boyle started by giving small jobs around the church to keep kids safe and productive. Three decades later, Homeboy Industries operates multiple (13) social enterprises and a comprehensive menu of services that help our youth build a bright future while developing marketable job skills. Homeboy graduates 200 young men and women a year from this 18-month program of “Kinship”.
Pictured right to left:
First Chance Board Chair
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.,
Homeboy Industries Los Angeles
Photo by Marcos Luna, Los Angeles
WHY THIS MATTERS
Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., Ted Talk
First Chance believes in the importance, dignity, and potential of
every person, regardless of their family background, socio-economic
situation, or personal history. We prize individual initiative and perseverance.
First Chance believes in extending a hand up through the “No-Matter-Whatness” of unconditional love and acceptance, nurturing, education, life skills and job training, health care, physical fitness, emotional support, and much more, to youth in our community.
We support loving, nurturing, encouraging and educating young
people through a framework of “Kinship.”
We believe in the value of being present.
We believe in in the value of knowing every student well academically, socially, emotionally and historically.
We believe everyone matters and should be treated with kindness.
We believe we can create an environment that is physically, emotionally, spiritually safe for everyone.
We believe in meeting every student where they are and
supporting them as they grow.
We believe in celebrating success.
We believe in the value of team.
We believe joy should be experienced every day.
HOW WE HELP
Our financial support provides a wide variety of equitable and necessary support for our local underserved population. This list represents some of the areas students and their families need support. The needs of each young person are individual and unique.
Graduate support through
high school and college
Resume and interview preparation
Job placement coaching