On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in the Tom Bradley room at Los Angeles City Hall, 25 members of the Los Angeles community were honored for their foundational work to make a positive impact in our city.
PLEASE MEET A 2016 IMPACT-MAKER TO WATCH:
... a graduate of the Homeboy Industries program, not only works directly with trainees at Homeboy, he also works with the youth of South LA. Organizer LA Voice, working on Prop 47, Ban the Box and helped to organize an expungement fair in Exposition Park. Damond leads with kindness and compassion, he is a valued member of Homeboy Industries and continues to make an impact at the city level and beyond.
— Fabian Debora, Homeboy Industries
My name is Damond Johnson and I was born and raised in Los Angeles,California. I work at Homeboy Industries with formerly incarcerated youth and adults who have now made the decision to redirect their lives. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles in a household where verbal and physical abuse were the norm. Due to the negativity and violence within my home and community, it was a natural move for me to join a gang at a very young age. I became a teen parent and it was not until I was incarcerated several times over that I realized how crucial it was for me to change my life, once and for all. Today, I am working as a Navigator at Homeboy Industries, which allows me to assist and guide our trainees through the program. I have also had the opportunity to make changes within the city and county as a lead organizer with Homeboy Industries and PICO National for campaigns such as Prop. 47 and the Fair Chance Initiative (Ban the Box). Through organizing, I have also been able to work on rallying efforts to prevent unlawful evictions in the San Francisco area. Additionally, I work with gang intervention prevention programs throughout Los Angeles. I have also had the pleasure of working with the youth as a Community Intervention Worker under the GRYD contract. I work regularly with Days of Dialogue, which is a coalition composed of various organizations that meet with the police department to work on how to improve police-community relations. Most importantly, I am inspired by my own daughter who is currently pursuing her college degree, and will eventually become a registered nurse. Today, I am enrolled at LA Trade Tech College working on completing my Associates Degree.