Mahdi Kamyab

February 2017 Youth Spotlight: Mahdi Kamyab

By Ana Villagomez, Promotor/Youth Advocate Prior to officially enrolling in any LAYC programs, Mahdi, 19, had often times participated in several program events and had always left his positive energy and great humor among the LAYC family. In March 2016, he formally joined one of LAYC’s housing programs; Mahdi moved into an apartment on his own…

Toan Le

February 2017 Staff Spotlight: Toan Le

By Joan Othieno, Ph.D. Learning and Evaluation Director The name Toan Le is best associated with L & E (LAYC’s Learning & Evaluation Department), ETO (Efforts to Outcomes outcomes software), and outcomes data. But that has not always been the case. Toan is an individual with multiple layers and has worn and still wears many…

MLK Day 2017 Riverdale

LAYC’s 2017 MLK Day

We were proud to answer Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” by hosting three National Day of Service events in all three of our jurisdictions in Washington, DC, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. From knitting scarves for the homeless to picking up trash in their communities (and a bit…

Kony Serrano

January 2017 Staff Spotlight: Kony Serrano

By Jettie Norfleet, Adelante Program Manager Kony Serrano joined LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) in August 2015 as a youth case manager for the Adelante program, a partnership with the George Washington University School of Public Health serving the Langley Park community. Since joining the MMYC family, Kony has consistently demonstrated an ability to…

Alexander Palacios

January 2017 Youth Spotlight: Alexander Palacios

by Alexander Palacios When I was in high school, I struggled to get motivated for my education. Every time I was in class, I felt bored because the subjects were not interesting and the teachers were not supportive. I soon formally withdrew, because I had stopped attending school. When my baby brother was born, my…