Six Common Questions about DACA

Do you know the facts? LAYC staff and youth were devastated at the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is our hope that in the coming months the US Congress will find a permanent solution for these young people. In light of this change, we hope to answer a few…

Chess Challenge at LAYC

As of June 30, 2017, Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC) transferred its programming to Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and has dissolved as a separate not-for-profit organization. CCinDC has achieved an awesome ten-year track record of success, and everyone at LAYC hopes to keep their model strong and thriving for years to come! LAYC is…

Back-To-School Donations Abound!

It’s back-to-school season, and LAYC wants to give a special thanks to the many donors who came together to support our youth as they started the school year. For the second summer in a row, our friends from the McDonald’s Hispanic Owner-Operator Association (MHOOA) and Martin Brower came together to collect back-to-school backpacks. This year,…

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DACA Youth – Lives Hanging in the Balance

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. Today, we learned that the Trump administration has rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Honestly, we were expecting this on day one. The cruel and disheartening news came seven months later. Today, like business leaders, elected and appointed government officials, national…

Statement Following Events in Charlottesville

Statement from the Lori Kaplan, President & CEO of LAYC Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) would like to extend its most sincere condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. Heather…

And Those Who Are on Their Way

One of LAYC’s most popular summer programs is called Roadmap to Graduation. The program, funded by the New York Life Foundation, lasts five weeks and provides academic assistance and enrichment to 50 rising 9th graders in Prince George’s county over the summer. Our youth are followed all through high school to ensure they graduate on time….