Our Mission

The mission of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs.

LAYC Remembers DC Mayor Marion Barry

by LAYC President & CEO Lori Kaplan

It was in the early 1980’s when I first met Mayor Barry and recognized that he was both a skilled politician and absolutely dedicated to young people in the District of Columbia.  In his first term - the early years of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) - LAYC operated a small summer program.  The youth were working, but their paychecks were not arriving on time; the youth were not happy.