La Reina is proud to announce that Ms. Porsia Tunzi, high school religion teacher and director of high school retreats, has been awarded The Charles Redd Center, Teaching Western History Award for a curriculum that she wrote to teach the work of Fr. Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries.
The curriculum, called, “Homeboy industries: A Path to Rehabilitation in Los Angeles,” was one of four chosen to receive the award in a nationwide competition. Tunzi developed the curriculum as part of her Master's program in American Studies at Pepperdine University.
Tunzi first became interested in Fr. Boyle’s work during college, when she read Fr. Boyle’s Tattoos on the Heart. “I was moved by Fr. Boyle’s sense of compassion, and how his program offers people a chance at redemption. Everyone deserves to be a part of a community,” said Tunzi.
The curriculum is designed to introduce the transformative work of Homeboy Industries, develop a sense of empathy in engaging people from different backgrounds, and have students develop a social action plan.
“I want students to ask themselves how they can foster a sense of kinship in their own communities,” said Tunzi.
In November, Ms. Tunzi will travel to the Western History Association conference, where she will receive her award and present the curriculum to the attendees. In the spring, she looks forward to teaching this unit plan at La Reina.