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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

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.

HISTORY/GENESIS

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:

Dee McQuesten,

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

OUR VALUES

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.”

  1. We believe in the value of being present.

  2. We believe in in the value of knowing every student well academically, socially, emotionally and historically.

  3. We believe everyone matters and should be treated with kindness.

  4. We believe we can create an environment that is physically, emotionally, spiritually safe for everyone.

  5. We believe in meeting every student where they are and
    supporting them as they grow.

  6. We believe in celebrating success.

  7. We believe in the value of team.

  8. 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.

 

Hope

Food Assistance

Social-Emotional Support

Wrap-around Services

Mentorship

Financial support

Medical assistance

Dental assistance

High-quality education

Banking and
financial literacy

 

Graduate support through
high school and college

Resume and interview preparation

Job placement coaching

100%

of donations goes to help the kids