August 2017 Youth Spotlight: Taji Lee

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung. This quote truly exemplifies Taji Lee’s story. Taji came to the LAYC/MMYC office in Langley Park when he was 17 years old, hoping to enroll in our GED/Workforce Development program. A few weeks in, MMYC staff realized that…

Message from LAYC President & CEO

There will soon be a leadership transition at Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). The Board of Directors has hired LeaderFit to work with us to find LAYC’s next President & CEO. When the search is complete, I will step down from the role in which I have been privileged to serve for 30 years. We…

LAYC Opens Search for New President and CEO

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2017 – The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) announces today that it has opened a search for a new President and CEO. After 38 years of extraordinary leadership, LAYC’s current President and CEO, Lori Kaplan will step down following the identification of her successor. “The new President and CEO will build…

July 2017 Staff Spotlight: Kynai Johnson

Kynai Johnson is Deputy Director for LAYC’s Education & Workforce programs. She’s been at LAYC for four years, is extremely dedicated to its mission, and is particularly focused on serving young people and communities of color. A tremendous asset to the organization, Kynai has exceptional analytical and organizational skills, which she uses to identify opportunities…

Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Gomero

Fundraising for a multi-million dollar nonprofit is a complicated, time-consuming, and paper-heavy process. I started an effort to create a searchable, digital-format catalog of our more than 40-year history of grant funding (housed in our office in paper form) several months ago, but it soon became apparent it would be too time-consuming for me to…