LAYC’s Advocacy works to influence public policy and practices and social systems that affect low-income immigrant and minority youth in Washington DC and Maryland.

Through an array of activities involving staff and youth, such as voter registration drives, testifying at public hearings, participating in and building coalitions, visiting members of Congress, public relations and organizing, the work articulates and amplifies community perspectives that are often marginalized in public decision-making processes.

Focus areas include, but are not limited to, access to affordable housing, linguistically and culturally competent mental health services, increasing the quantity and quality of youth employment opportunities, reducing youth violence, and just and fair immigration reform.

To learn more about LAYC’s advocacy efforts, please contact Cecilia Dos Santos,