Summer Youth Explore Cross-Cultural Cuisine

Summer is in full swing at the Latin American Youth Center. Through DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), 18 young people are working in our Food & Nutrition Program to hone their cooking skills, learn about work opportunities in the food industry, and explore foods from different cultures. Throughout this six-week intensive, youth are writing…

Kicking off a Culinary Summer

As DC heated up to blazing temperatures this month, LAYC’s Food & Nutrition Program staff kicked off the summer with 18 DC youth. Through DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), these young people are gaining valuable employment experience while learning about culinary arts at LAYC over an intensive six-week program. Participants come from all over…

June 2018 Youth Spotlight: Karen

Karen* and a talented group of LAYC Art + Media students are proudly displaying their nature-centered art on WMATA buses this summer! As part of LAYC’s six-week summer 2017 2nd Nature program, Karen and five other LAYC graphic design students collaborated with the National Park Service of the National Capital Region (NPS) to create posters…

Lupi Quinteros-Grady

Letter from LAYC President & CEO

Dear LAYC friends, I am delighted to address our community for the first time as president & CEO of Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), a position which I am extremely proud to hold and will assume with the utmost responsibility and dedication. I owe a huge thank you to our board of directors, committed staff, and…

Voces Sin Fronteras Raises Immigrant Youth Voices: A Collection of Personal Stories on Struggle, Resilience, and Hope

By Juan Pacheco, Community Peace Mobilizer On May 30, 2018, members of LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) announced the release of their anxiously awaited graphic memoir, Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth at Busboys and Poets’ 14th Street location in DC. The book was made possible through the tremendous determination and bravery of 16…

Clear Skies Ahead in the Food & Nutrition Program

By Julia Kann, Program Manager, Food & Nutrition Summer is here, LAYC’s cooking classes are filling up, and our veggie garden is bursting! Students have been cooking up a storm in classes held in LAYC’s Teen Center and at YouthBuild and LAYC Career Academy Public Charter Schools through our Community Schools Consortium. Highlights from spring…