pathway to kinship

Our Mission

Pathway To Kinship is an organization working to build a better world by offering disenfranchised individuals the skills to be successful.

Our History

Pathway To Kinship was founded by Marc Vahanian in 2017.

Marc was introduced to the work of Father Greg Boyle and Homeboy Industries, which provides support services to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women. Under Father Greg’s leadership, Homeboy introduces the possibility of kinship, inclusion, healing and redemption. This inspired Marc to get involved.

After reaching out to Homeboy, Marc was led to a sister organization ARC – Anti-Recidivist Coalition – which offers a broad set of re-entry services, including Job Readiness. Soon, Marc began coaching participants in job interview and professional conduct training. Within the first hour of working with a group of 10 men and women, Marc was hooked and Pathway To Kinship was born.

Our Partners


The Partnership for Re-Entry Program (PREP) is a non-profit organization that seeks ways of improving the successful re-integration of parolees back into the community by providing inmates with pre-release self-help modular correspondence courses.

POPS the Club

The mission of POPS the Club is to create a safe, empowering space in high schools for the children and other loved ones of the incarcerated. POPS uses self-expression, self-empowerment and community engagement to transform stigma and shame into hope and dignity.


The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) works to end mass incarceration in California. To ensure our communities are safe, healthy, and whole, ARC empowers formerly and currently incarcerated people to thrive by providing a support network, comprehensive reentry services, and opportunities to advocate for policy change.

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs and operates several social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.

Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a program that supports the higher education and successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals wishing to enroll and succeed at the California State University.


Defy Ventures

Even though someone has served their time, a second sentence begins as soon as they’re released. It creates a revolving door to prison and a legacy of poverty, dependency, violence, and incarceration that is passed down through generations. 

Root & Rebound

Root & Rebound restores power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation