Father Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries, to Speak at AFC Policy Summit

Today the American Federation for Children announced that Father Gregory Boyle will address attendees at the 2019 National Policy Summit in Chicago.

Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif., the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

Statement from John Schilling, President, American Federation of Children:

“Father Boyle has demonstrated that a young person’s future is not determined solely by his or her past and that every individual deserves compassion, as well as the transformative power of restoring hope. The educational choice movement strives to give every child hope and the opportunity to reach his or her full potential through access to a quality education. Without hope, a child will never reach his or her full potential. We thank Father Boyle for accepting our invitation and look forward to him sharing this message of hope, resilience, and reformation with our 2019 Summit audience.”


  • The American Federation for Children’s 10th Annual Policy Summit will take place on Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2, at Loews Chicago Hotel
  • The hotel room block closes on April 9
  • Online registration closes April 22
  • More information, including additional speakers and featured guests, can be found at www.AFCPolicySummit.com
  • To register for the summit, e-mail Jana Gregg at jgregg@federationforchildren.org