Thoughts Since the Election

As the days go as we prepare prepare for a new administration I wanted to share a few thoughts. In the context of uncertainty, there are some very important things that have not changed. Most importantly, LAYC’s values have not changed. They are the values that have grounded LAYC since we were founded almost 50…

Joint Letter — Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Urban Alliance, Higher Achievement: Uncertainty, Urgency, and Unending Love

One week after the Presidential election, our three organizations are grappling with what the results mean for our young people and their families. The hard-working youth we serve have been disenfranchised and failed by systems of education, employment, public safety, healthcare, and more. Our organizations provide the support and opportunities young people need to achieve…

Testimony: Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016

Testimony Presented to the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole On PR 21-617, Sense of the Council Regarding Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016 By Lori Kaplan, President & CEO, Latin American Youth Center November 17, 2016 My name is Lori Kaplan and I am President & CEO of the Latin American Youth Center…

Teen Center Fellows and Interns

Introducing Teen Center Fellows and Interns!

by Marie Moll, Teen Center Program Manager This fall, we have five new amazing people on the Teen Center team.  Three professional fellows bring so much experience with them from the work they do with youth throughout the world – Egypt, Macedonia, and Mexico.  Our interns from Dominican University and George Washington University bring fresh…

AmeriCorps Teams

Meet the 2016–2017 AmeriCorps Teams

LAYC is proud to introduce its 2016–2017 AmeriCorps teams in Maryland and DC. Maryland AmeriCorps members serve one-year terms working with middle school students in two Prince George’s County middle schools: Buck Lodge and William Wirt. Members run in-school and after-school programs, helping students develop academic and life skills. Members also organize community events including a…

Wilson Zúñiga

November 2016 Youth Spotlight: Wilson Zúñiga

Last year around this time, Wilson Zúñiga, had to leave his house and became homeless. He was just 17 years old. After staying in a temporary host home through LAYC, he was finally able to rent a room on his own. Through it all, Wilson remained positive and worked very hard to move forward in…