Posts by Latin American Youth Center

LAYC Health Promotions Team Improving Youth Sexual Health

By Noah Hughes-Dunn Young people in our nation’s capital are diagnosed with HIV at almost twice the national rate, according to data from the DC Department of Health. Of the 368 diagnoses made in 2017, 41% were youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Additionally,  city-wide rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections are skyrocketing,…

Franklin Peralta

Promotor Franklin Peralta Honored by DC Mayor, Venture Philanthropy Partners, and Superstar Foundation

By Jamie Cotta, Patty Santucci, and Shayna Scholnick Congratulations to Franklin Peralta for being recognized not once but twice this year for his work with youth in our Promotor Pathway® ! In September, he received the 2019 Mayor Muriel Bowser Hispanic Heritage Month Award. Earlier this month, he was awarded Venture Philanthropy Partners’ (VPP) first…

Promotor Pathway® graduation celebration

LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® program hosted a graduation celebration in June for 46 young people in the program who completed high school this year. Over almost 10 years, the Pathway has served 871 youth, supporting the region’s most vulnerable youth to succeed academically, obtain employment or post-secondary education, and improve the practice of healthy behaviors for…

Lupi Quinteros-Grady

Letter from LAYC President & CEO

Dear LAYC friends, I am delighted to address our community for the first time as president & CEO of Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), a position which I am extremely proud to hold and will assume with the utmost responsibility and dedication. I owe a huge thank you to our board of directors, committed staff, and…

Voces Sin Fronteras Raises Immigrant Youth Voices: A Collection of Personal Stories on Struggle, Resilience, and Hope

By Juan Pacheco, Community Peace Mobilizer On May 30, 2018, members of LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) announced the release of their anxiously awaited graphic memoir, Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth at Busboys and Poets’ 14th Street location in DC. The book was made possible through the tremendous determination and bravery of 16…

Celebrating 5 Years of Maryland Montgomery County Conservation Corps!

On April 5th we celebrated five years of LAYC/MMYC’s Maryland Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC)! Since the program began, our MCCC staff and regional partners have provided youth with opportunities to work toward earning their GED and gain hands-on experience while completing projects designed around conservation principles in local parks, nurseries, and other regional sites….