Chess Challenge at LAYC

As of June 30, 2017, Chess Challenge in DC (CCinDC) transferred its programming to Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and has dissolved as a separate not-for-profit organization. CCinDC has achieved an awesome ten-year track record of success, and everyone at LAYC hopes to keep their model strong and thriving for years to come! LAYC is…

And Those Who Are on Their Way

One of LAYC’s most popular summer programs is called Roadmap to Graduation. The program, funded by the New York Life Foundation, lasts five weeks and provides academic assistance and enrichment to 50 rising 9th graders in Prince George’s county over the summer. Our youth are followed all through high school to ensure they graduate on time….

Youth Writers Team up with Shout Mouse to Tell Their Stories

LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC) is a group of Latinx youth dedicated to developing their leadership skills while focusing on social justice issues in our community. With support from LAYC and our partnership with ShoutMouse, the group worked this summer on their personal stories for a graphic memoir collection. Their goal is to change the the…

A Hug from Michele Obama – How Great Is That?

Shaniya Williams, LAYC’s summer intern in our Health Promotion Program, came to the LAYC through our awesome partnership with Urban Alliance. As part of her summer experience she had an amazing opportunity to meet former First Lady Michelle Obama. Not only that, Ms. Obama herself posted a picture of their meeting on her Instagram account…

Summer in the City

LAYC’s summer program had something for everyone. Our programs and activities touched the lives of over 500 young people, ages 12-24, in our region. Youth focused on their careers and had exposure to many job opportunities in culinary arts, visual and performing arts, green jobs and more. LAYC also focused on their academic skills, environmental…

Celebrating Youth Who Earned Their GED Diplomas This Summer

On July 27, LAYC and LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) celebrated 40 youth in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties as they received their GEDs. This was a truly joyous occasion not only for the youth who got their diplomas, but for their families and their teachers. One graduate, Jeffrey…