Youth Artist Interview – Meet Jackie

By: Hunter Flores, former youth participant Hi, LAYC! I’m Hunter, a former youth participant and LAYC AmeriCorps member. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I wanted to profile one of our young Latinx artists at LAYC. Please enjoy this interview with Jackie Ruiz, age 17. How did you first find LAYC? I first started here as…

#RiseAbove Hate with Comics Without Borders

LAYC is a proud member of UnidosUS’ #RiseAbove campaign that seeks to “share stories of communities working together to build the America we aspire to be.” In honor of this campaign, we’re delighted to share a comic book memoir created by LAYC youth this summer. Latin American Youth Center partnered with Shout Mouse Press, an…

Cooking up Healthy Food at LAYC

By: Julia Kann, Program Manager for Food and Nutrition The Food & Nutrition Program at LAYC had a busy summer and is gearing up for an even busier school year! Summer was a blur of growing, buying, cooking, and eating healthy, yummy food with a great group of youth as part of DC’s Student Youth Employment…

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…