The mission of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs.


LAYC celebrates 10 years serving 
the Riverdale community at the University of Maryland's Center 

for Educational Partnership


Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement.

From left: Carlo Colella, University of Maryland Vice President; Dannielle Glaros, Prince George's County Councilmember, Luisa Montero-Diaz, Mid-county Regional Service Center Director for Montgomery County and former MMYC Director, Rushern Baker, Prince George's County Executive; Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Director of the Office of Community Engagement at the University of Maryland; Lori Kaplan, LAYC President & CEO; Lupi Quinteros-Grady, MMYC Acting Managing Director; Eric Olson, former Prince George's County Councilmember; and Maryland Senator Paul Pinksy.   


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Ten years ago, the CEP space was a former university owned warehouse, but due to a vibrant partnership between the
University of Maryland and the Latin American Youth Center, Riverdale residents now enjoy a multi-faceted community center with a mission to support individual and group learning, growth and advancement. CEP programs include extended-day instruction, adult and teen education, on-site counseling, homework assistance, and various recreational events.