Latin American Youth Center’s 7th Annual Breakfast for Heroes

WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2017 – On Wednesday, October 25, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will host its 7th Annual Breakfast for Heroes. Our Heroes’ support directly impacts the region’s most disadvantaged youth, ensuring they are equipped to reach their full potential. This year we will be honoring special hero Congressman Joaquín Castro, for his dedication and…

Youth Artist Interview – Meet Jackie

By: Hunter Flores, former youth participant Hi, LAYC! I’m Hunter, a former youth participant and LAYC AmeriCorps member. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I wanted to profile one of our young Latinx artists at LAYC. Please enjoy this interview with Jackie Ruiz, age 17. How did you first find LAYC? I first started here as…

#RiseAbove Hate with Comics Without Borders

LAYC is a proud member of UnidosUS’ #RiseAbove campaign that seeks to “share stories of communities working together to build the America we aspire to be.” In honor of this campaign, we’re delighted to share a comic book memoir created by LAYC youth this summer. Latin American Youth Center partnered with Shout Mouse Press, an…

October 2017 Youth Spotlight: April Gaskins

By: April Gaskins, youth participant My name is April and I am a client of LAYC’s street outreach programs. I am beyond grateful for the services I received [at the LAYC Safe Housing Drop-in Center for homeless youth]—from showers to hot meals, from clean underclothes to a safe place to rest. My caseworker, Diana, and…

LAYC and D.C. United Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

On Wednesday, October 11th, D.C. United and Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) teamed up to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Sixty youth from LAYC after-school programs in D.C. and Maryland visited Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and participated in a two-hour event that included a soccer clinic and panel discussion. The youth enjoyed an hour of exercise, co-ed drills,…

Cooking up Healthy Food at LAYC

By: Julia Kann, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition The Food & Nutrition Program at LAYC had a busy summer and is gearing up for an even busier school year! Summer was a blur of growing, buying, cooking, and eating healthy, yummy food with a great group of youth as part of DC’s Student Youth Employment…