Nancy Miranda: LAYC Hero and Program Alumna!

Nancy Miranda jokingly says that she is an LAYC youth “from back in the day,” when LAYC was located on 15th Street NW and youth affectionately called LAYC’s Teen Center “La Peña.” She notes that while LAYC was not as structured and diverse in programs as it is today, the impact LAYC and its staff…

Donor Spotlight: Nicole Hanrahan

In January, 2018, tragedy touched one of LAYC’s own: Nicole Hanrahan, Executive Director of LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School and former LAYC Chief Strategy Officer and Interim Chief Operating Officer, experienced a devastating fire at her home. In her family’s time of need, however, Nicole and her husband’s thoughts turned to how they could…

Honoring Laura Yeomans and Richard Renner

(Pictured: Lori Kaplan, Richard Renner, Laura Yeomans and Angela Gonzalez) By: Angela Gonzalez, Host Homes Program Manager LAYC is honored to have recognized Laura Yeomans and Richard Renner, foster parents extraordinaire, at our recent Breakfast for Heroes. Laura and Richard are truly champions in the lives of the most vulnerable youth in Maryland. Since 2013,…

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,…

Back-To-School Donations Abound!

It’s back-to-school season, and LAYC wants to give a special thanks to the many donors who came together to support our youth as they started the school year. For the second summer in a row, our friends from the McDonald’s Hispanic Owner-Operator Association (MHOOA) and Martin Brower came together to collect back-to-school backpacks. This year,…

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…