Celebrating 2018 Halperin Youth Award Winners

LAYC would like to congratulate Santos Amaya Guevara and Harrison Rodriguez on the recognition of their leadership and commitment to public service at the fourth annual Samuel Halperin Lecture and Youth Public Service Award event, cosponsored by the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and the Institute for Educational Leadership, on March 21st. Santos Amaya Guevara,…

February 2018 Youth Spotlight: Lorena

Lorena* is delighted to be a part of the Digital and Media Arts Program at LAYC, held in our Teen Center, a dynamic space that hosts an array of after-school programming, including academic tutoring, leadership, recreation, and art and media classes. Lorena has been a part of LAYC’s Art + Media programs for four years….

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…