November 2017 Youth Spotlight: Deyssy and Santos

With Humility and Confidence, Latina Youth Start a Movement Deyssy Mosso and Santos Amaya, two young women with passion, vision, and persistence, are attempting to create equitable and just conditions for immigrant youth through LAYC’s Latino Youth Leadership Council (LYLC). In fact, Deyssy and Santos are the LYLC founders, and in under a year they…

October 2017 Youth Spotlight: April Gaskins

By: April Gaskins, youth participant My name is April and I am a client of LAYC’s street outreach programs. I am beyond grateful for the services I received [at the LAYC Safe Housing Drop-in Center for homeless youth]—from showers to hot meals, from clean underclothes to a safe place to rest. My caseworker, Diana, and…

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…