August 2017 Youth Spotlight: Taji Lee

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung. This quote truly exemplifies Taji Lee’s story. Taji came to the LAYC/MMYC office in Langley Park when he was 17 years old, hoping to enroll in our GED/Workforce Development program. A few weeks in, MMYC staff realized that…

June 2017 Youth Spotlight: Dorila Martinez

Dorila Martinez is a native Salvadorian and 2017 graduate of High Point High School in Prince George’s County. Dorila didn’t have the typical high school experience; after doing her homework, she often worked nights cleaning offices with her mother. But that didn’t stop her from earning a 3.5 GPA and over 100 hours of community…

Marvin Delcid

May 2017 Youth Spotlight: Marvin Delcid

Marvin Delcid is about to graduate from Bell Multicultural High School ready to continue his work in sustainable agriculture, a passion he’s had since he was a young boy working his uncle’s farm in El Salvador. He was 14 when he moved to the U.S. to reunite with his mother, excited for the educational opportunities a…

Brenda Peña

April 2017 Youth Spotlight: Brenda Peña

Brenda, 17, plans to become a public health researcher focusing on sexually transmitted infections in low-income communities. She owes her new aspirations to her mentor Maximilian who introduced her to the varied career paths in health care. He specializes in global health at a government agency. Until a few months ago, Brenda thought she’d become…

David

March 2017 Youth Spotlight: Dave Sharp

by Dave Sharp, LAYC participant I’d like to take this opportunity to thank LAYC as a whole for providing a place for me to stay out of trouble and get my priorities on the right track. I was born in St. Louis, MO, and moved to DC to live with my cousin at a young…