Our Story

How it all began

Rise Up Industries was founded in 2013 by several people who volunteered with Kairos Prison Ministry at RJ Donovan Correctional Facility. On a fateful day, Father Greg Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart, came to speak at RJ Donovan. Father Greg founded Homeboy Industries, the largest, most successful gang intervention and reentry program in the world. Joe, our Executive Director, asked Father Greg if any programs like Homeboy existed in San Diego. Father Greg looked at Joe and said, “No. Why don’t you start one?”

Following the model of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Rise Up Industries’ Reentry Program opened in Santee in March 2016. It assists previously incarcerated, formerly gang involved individuals to successfully reenter society; thereby, reducing the gang population and the recidivism rate.

Our Mission

to minimize gang involvement by providing Integrated:

  • Gang Intervention
  • Gang Prevention
  • Post Detention Reentry
Our Results

Making a difference

our REENTRY graduate statistics
Recidivism Rate
5 %
Hired Upon Graduation
100 %
PROgram measurements