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July 2014 Program Spotlight: Summer Showcase PDF Print
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 17:38

Over the last five weeks, 500 children and youth have engaged in summer programs and activities at LAYC in DC and Maryland. Thanks to partnerships with the National Arboretum, National Park Service, Georgetown University, The George Washington University (Adelante program), DC and Maryland schools, our youth are spending the summer exploring college life, completing internships, getting some exercise, and more!

In DC, over 40 high school juniors and seniors are exploring college life and classes on the Georgetown University's campus. Another 40 youth are creating art in natural spaces through our partnership with the National Park Service, and 150 are participating in our summer youth employment program. Through our partnership with the National Arboretum, 60 of our Little Stars camp participants visited the U.S. Botanical Gardens and learned Capoeira, the Brazilian martial arts. Our summer programs at the Rita Bright Family & Youth Center and Sacred Heart School are serving another 150 youth. In Maryland, 165 youth are completing paid internships at local businesses, and 25 youth are engaged in our Adelante program with college and job training and health activities. Highlights from the summer are below. Head over to Facebook for more pictures!

Connecting Youth and Professionals Breakfast



Adelante Job Training Workshop



Little Stars Capoeria Workshop



Guide to Post-secondary on Georgtown University Campus, Clubs



Bike Workshop with Teach-back Relays from Wilson High School Students



Summer Internships in Maryland PDF Print
Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:23
LAYC's Montgomery County Job Fair

LAYC's Montgomery County Job Fair

Our Summer Youth Connect Internship Program (SYCIP) provides eligible Montgomery County youth ages 16-21 with the opportunity to gain valuable and paid work experience. Public, private, and non-profit businesses, government and community-based organizations are providing safe and meaningful work experiences. This program works closely with youth to help them succeed in the workplace, advance their education, and become strong leaders and engaged citizens. SYCIP is a win-win for youth and employers. Youth benefit from SYCIP by gaining financial management skills, hand-on work experience, and connect with positive adult role models. In addition, they improve their interpersonal and communication skills and build connections with future opportunities. Businesses and agencies have an opportunity to make a positive contribution to youth in our community. Together, we are dedicated to building the county's future workforce.


Special Thanks to our Employer Partners

Adventist Healthcare of Shady Grove

American Beauty Association

Ana G. Mendez University

ASM Educational Center, Inc


Community Clinic Inc.-Teen And Young Adult Health Connection"


City of Takoma Park Community Center

College Summit: National Capital Region

Community Support Services,Inc.

DC Central Kitchen

DHHS - Government Leaders for Tomorrow

Division of Rehabilitation Services

East Friendly Baptist Church

Evergreen School


Forum Theater - Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

Gaithersburg High School

Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce

Gilchrist Center - Gaithersburg

HOC - Arcola Towers

HOC - Community Partners Inc

HOC - Customer Service Center

HOC - Elizabeth House

HOC - Family Self-Sufficiency Program

HOC -Gaithersburg

HOC - Holly Hall Apts

HOC - IT and Facilities Division

HOC - Kensignton

HOC - Office of General Counsel

HOC - Waverly House

Impact Silver Spring

Kaiser Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Life Chiropractic of Olney

Mercy Clinic



Montgomery College Cooperative Education & Internship Program - Germantown

Montgomery County Council Member Nancy Navarro

Montgomery County Council Member-Cherri Branson

Montgomery County Division of Workforce Services

Montgomery County Office of Human Rights

Montgomery County Summer Camp and Fun Centers

Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association

Montgomery County Work - DLLR

Montgomery Works (Germantown )

Montgomery Works (Wheaton)

National Parks Service: National Mall and Memorial Parks

Office of the Public Defender

President's Park

Princess Mhoon Dance Studio

Project Fitness

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Salvation Army

Silver Spring Regional Center

Silver Spring Town Center

So What Else

State Farm Insurance

TJ Maxx

Transfiguration Episcopal Church

Vtech Solutions


The Club Visits the White House PDF Print
Friday, 27 June 2014 14:43
The Club participants (from left: Birhane Girmay, Mohamed Deen, Anna Villatoro, Aaliyah Griffin and Roger Kao) in front of the White House June 23, 2014.

The Club participants (from left: Birhane Girmay, Mohamed Deen, Anna Villatoro, Aaliyah Griffin and Roger Kao) in front of the White House June 23, 2014.

The Club, LAYC's community peacebuilding program visited the White House on June 23 as a special trip for the end of the cohort. The Club teaches conflict resolution skills and helps youth develop values in violence prevention, relationship restoration, and social justice. Seven members of the The Club and staff  toured the White House's East Wing viewing the grand East Room, Blue room, Green Room, Red Room, and State Dining Room. Of their visit to the White House Birhane Girmay and Roger Kao wrote:

Being the first in my family to visit the White House is an honor I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It was like a dream come true walking the steps of the White House. After being in the White House, I never wanted to leave. I felt like that is where I belong. My favorite room in the White House was the Red Room, which was decorated all in red. -Birhane Girmay

To me, being able to visit the White House was an honor. The White House is a very special and important building to the entire United States of America. It is the home of the President of the United States. I believe that the White House is the heart and soul of the USA. It means everything to me, coming from a country in Africa, to come to the U.S and have the opportunity to see inside of the White House and take a look at all of the great presidents that helped shape this country. -Rogar Kao

Roger Kao, right, with LAYC case manager Magno Caballero in front of the White House June 23, 2014.

Roger Kao, right, with LAYC case manager Magno Caballero in front of the White House June 23, 2014.

During the year, The Club engages dozens of youth in peer education, community outreach, and open discussion once a week at LAYC's anchor site in Columbia Heights. The youth put on three community events on topics important to them, including violence prevention and awareness and environment preservation.


Spring 2014 New Futures Scholarship Recipients PDF Print
Friday, 06 June 2014 10:13

New Futures and the LAYC College Access Program is honored and proud to share the Spring 2014 New Futures Scholarship RecipientsThis Spring LAYC submitted 15 applicants to be considered for the scholarship. Out of the 15 LAYC applicants we are proud to announce that 10 LAYC youth have been awarded a scholarship to pursue their college goals!


They are:

  • Jenny Arevalo (Art Media/Teen Center): AA in Biology/Art-$6,400
  • Lakendra Brown (2nd time Scholarship Recipient): BA in Early Childhood Education-$6,400
  • Jennifer Diaz (MMYC): AA in Early Childhood Education- $6,400
  • Ana Maria Hernandez (NextStep): AA in Computer Science-$6,400
  • Vianey Martinez (Career Academy): AA in Nursing-$6,400
  • Jose Morales: (Career Academy/LAYC IT Staff): IT Certification in CISCO-$4,800
  • Cornelio Perez (2nd time Scholarship Recipient): BA in Psychology-$6,400
  • Halek Sanchez Aguilar (2nd time Scholarship Recipient): BA in Communications- $6,400
  • Manuel Silva (Career Academy): AA in Computer Science-$6,400
  • Lamy Whitney Wasso (Health Promotors): AA in Pre-Med-$6,400



Thank you, Fenton Uniforms! PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:13
Teen Health Promoters in Fenton Uniforms scrubs.

Teen Health Promoters in Fenton Uniforms scrubs.

LAYC's Teen Health Promoters (THP) program was thrilled to receive a donation of 13 sets of scrubs from Fenton Uniforms in Silver Spring, Maryland. The fall-spring THP program aims to expose high school students to health care careers. During the year, participants learn about a variety of health topics, receive CPR and First Aid training, and learn how to collect vital signs. In the spring, participants also intern at local clinics and hospitals, including The George Washington University Hospital. With the scrubs donation from Fenton Uniforms, the Teen Health Promoters look the part. Thank you, Fenton Uniforms!

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