Latin American Youth Center receives $500,000 grant and will participate in a two-year leadership program

WASHINGTON, DC, November 16, 2017 – Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) was selected by The Kresge Foundation as one of 13 path-breaking human services organizations for an inaugural Next Generation cohort that will continue to develop innovative approaches to human services. The initiative is part of Kresge’s Human Services Program, which works to accelerate social and economic mobility for people with low income in America’s cities.

During the two-year program, LAYC will receive a $500,000 grant to support their work. Lupi Quinteros-Grady, LAYC Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers Director; Patricia Bravo, LAYC Chief Operating Officer; and Susana Martinez, LAYC Chief Strategy Officer and National Director of the Promotor Pathway®, will also participate in a learning and collaboration network to grow as leaders and share lessons from their work with the wider human services field.

“This is a dynamic group of organizations who are setting the pace of evolution for human services with a focus on advancing and accelerating mobility,” said Raquel Hatter, deputy director of the Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program. “Families and communities across the country continue to struggle with the daily realities of living in poverty and the challenges of moving forward. LAYC is reimagining our support systems by co-creating solutions with people to best help them achieve their goals and dreams. We are thrilled to have this group join a movement that is transforming the human services sector to have an unrelenting commitment to successful outcomes.”

The initiative supports The Kresge Foundation’s Human Services Program’s efforts to foster the next generation of human services organizations. Kresge defines next generation human services organizations as organizations or local networks that are setting the pace of evolution in the social services sector by delivering supports that are responsive to client needs, adopting a data-driven approach, and embracing a stance of risk taking.

“LAYC is so proud to have been selected to be a part of this innovative initiative. We will learn so much from others, while our team will bring their skills and knowledge into this important learning environment,” stated Lori Kaplan, LAYC President & CEO. “We always welcome the opportunity to engage and learn with others in the field who are tackling many of the same challenging issues we confront everyday.”

With this award, LAYC will be able to continue services for approximately 4,000 youth annually, provide them with daily support, and create opportunities for young people while encouraging their engagement in the world around them as global citizens.

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About The Kresge Foundation
The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2016, the Board of Trustees approved 474 grants totaling $141.5 million and made 14 social investment commitments totaling $50.8 million. For more information, visit www.kresge.org.

About LAYC
Latin American Youth Center is a $16 million regional non-profit, multi-service organization that touches the lives of approximately 4,000 youth and families annually in the District of Columbia, Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and Arlington, Virginia. Our bilingual programs address the multiple and complex barriers to success faced by low-income youth by providing services and opportunities in education, job readiness, social services, safe housing, arts and recreation, health and wellness, and advocacy.

Contact:
Pedro Rivera, Chief Development Officer, pedro@layc-dc.org
or Christina Karas, cmkaras@kresge.org

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