AmeriCorps Members Reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

LAYC’s AmeriCorps program provides an opportunity for young adults who are considering a career in youth development or social service to gain experience in a real-world setting and develop useful skills. In DC, LAYC AmeriCorps members serve at Powell Elementary School, Bancroft Elementary School Takoma Education Campus, and LAYC’s Teen Center. Members provide students with…

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,…

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Spirit and Legacy

On January 21st, LAYC’s Housing, Education, and Wellness staff, AmeriCorps members, volunteers from the Human Rights Campaign, and community members commemorated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event, held at Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, included MLK-themed activities, service work, a panel discussion about the impact of and experiences…

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…

LAYC Youth Academic and Employment Success in Prince George’s County

Youth in LAYC’s Promotor Pathway® and workforce programs in Prince George’s (PG) County are reporting remarkable achievements this year! With the help of dedicated LAYC staff and a productive partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program through Title 1, some of the County’s most at-risk youth…

LAYC featured in article about youth and homelessness in DC

LAYC’s work with homeless youth is featured in an article published by How Housing Matters, an online portal that provides access to the growing body of research on how housing matters to other pivotal drivers of individual and community success.  This research is curated by the Urban Institute. Drop-in centers like Sasha Bruce’s in Barracks…