Celebrating 5 Years of Maryland Montgomery County Conservation Corps!

On April 5th we celebrated five years of LAYC/MMYC’s Maryland Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC)! Since the program began, our MCCC staff and regional partners have provided youth with opportunities to work toward earning their GED and gain hands-on experience while completing projects designed around conservation principles in local parks, nurseries, and other regional sites….

Art Therapy at LAYC Is Helping Youth Communicate, Reflect, and Heal

By Rebeca Carvajal, LAYC mental health counselor LAYC youth face many mental health challenges that can stem from complex family issues, homelessness, substance use, immigration status, and trauma. As a mental health counselor with a Master of Art Therapy degree, I regularly integrate art therapy techniques in my counseling work to connect with youth and…

MLK Day of Service

The spirit of Dr. King was alive and well during the Latin American Youth Center’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers’ (LAYC/MMYC) events held in Prince George’s County on Monday. We were honored to hold two events honoring Dr. King’s legacy, serving almost 900 students, families, and community members. At LAYC/MMYC’s Riverdale site, Councilwoman Dannielle M. Glaros, numerous…

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…