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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.

Media Inquiries

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:

Araceli Rosenberger
Communications Manager
(202) 319-2253

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Press Kit

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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LAYC News and Reports

July 7, 2016: America’s Promise Alliance: ‘Trusted Advisors’ Help Young People Navigate Challenges

June 13, 2016: America’s Promise Alliance: Hidden in Plain Sight, Homeless Students in America’s Public Schools Report, page 28 of full report.

March 14, 2016: Washington Post: The best way to reach homeless kids is rarely used

March 4, 2016: Project Hope Alliance: Letter from Bill Clinton

December 24, 2015: LA Times: School district and Project Hope Alliance will help homeless students to age 24

December 15, 2015: Thrive Foundation for Youth: A Mentor is For Life

July 21, 2015: Stanford Social Innovation Review: Five Programmatic Lessons in Scaling Impact

April 27, 2015:  Washington Post: Inside the hidden world of homeless teen mothers

May 20, 2013: Brookings Institute: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America Case Study on Latin American Youth Center, Adapting Urban Social Services for Suburban Communities

September 15, 2013: Washington Post: Charity Works: How crunching big data can save a child

June 19,  2013: Huffington Post, Chelsea Clinton: Reclaiming America’s Youth and Recovering Our Economy