The Latin American Youth Center is at work in the District of Columbia, and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties helping a diverse population of underserved youth reach their full academic, social, and professional potential. LAYC is unique, being the only multi-service youth development organization that offers multi-cultural, multi-lingual services to youth of all backgrounds in the Washington, DC area. Our work takes shape in the lives of our region’s most deserving youth through programs in Academics, Arts and Recreation, Health and Wellness, and Safe Housing. Visit our Blog for youth spotlights and recent happenings at LAYC.
As thought leaders on positive youth development, the leadership at the Latin American Youth Center are experts in a wide range of topics related to youth development: in-school and out-of-school-time programs for middle and high school youth, prevention education and treatment services, residential housing, workforce training, arts and media programming, and much more. Their insightful commentary frequently appears in the major print and broadcast media, both regionally and nationally. We would be happy to identify staff best suited to answer your inquiries or provide commentary. For media inquiries, please contact:
LAYC News and Reports
December 26, 2016: Chicago Tribune: Schools try to ease fears about deportation
December 21, 2016: Youth Today: Preventing Gang Violence By Offering a Community
November 11, 2016: Youth Radio: Teens Ask, “What Now, America?”
November 10, 2016: Youth Today: Youth Vote Still Divided by Race, Report Finds
October 29, 2016: Youth Today: Resource Guide Shows Ways to Support Undocumented Students
September 8, 2016: Washington Post: Looking for art free of politics? Don’t look here.
December 15, 2015: Thrive Foundation for Youth: A Mentor is For Life
September 15, 2013: Washington Post: Charity Works: How crunching big data can save a child
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.
For nearly 50 years, LAYC has been committed to transforming the lives of low-income young people and their families. LAYC offers multi-service, comprehensive, and bilingual enrichment, prevention, and intervention programs and opportunities in education, workforce readiness, housing, community building, mental health services, arts, and healthy recreation to over 4,000 individuals each year.
LAYC has special expertise in serving underserved youth, low-income teen parents, homeless youth, youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems, and youth facing mental health, substance abuse, or complex family issues.
While LAYC initially worked with Latino youth of diverse backgrounds, today all youth—Latino, African American, African—are supported by LAYC at sites in the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.
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