Why I Work To Protect Our Nation’s Immigrant Story

The city I call home—Washington, DC—is a sanctuary city, a place that has affirmed that law enforcement will protect and serve all residents, regardless of immigration status and mandates at the federal level. Within days of the inauguration, our new administration announced that sanctuary cities would face the loss of federal funds if they did…

Cecilia Dos Santos

March 2017 Staff Spotlight: Cecilia Dos Santos

Cecilia Dos Santos is LAYC’s special projects manager and in-house guru on immigration issues. She is also the number one fan of six-year-old immigration activist Sophie Cruz. Cecilia started her career at LAYC as a program coordinator for a new domestic violence prevention program in 2013. She developed LAYC’s Healthy Relationships program, including prevention trainings…

Midlands DC

Partner Spotlight: The Midlands Beer Garden

Peyton Sherwood, Robin Webb Allen, and Trent Allen have worked together over the last few years with different restaurants and bars in the DMV.  They came together to open a true community watering hole in the Parkview community of DC, The Midlands Beer Garden on 3333 Georgia Ave, NW. The owners reached out to LAYC…

David

March 2017 Youth Spotlight: Dave Sharp

by Dave Sharp, LAYC participant I’d like to take this opportunity to thank LAYC as a whole for providing a place for me to stay out of trouble and get my priorities on the right track. I was born in St. Louis, MO, and moved to DC to live with my cousin at a young…

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…