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Three LAYC Youth Win Capital One Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Print
Thursday, 31 October 2013 16:56

The Hispanic committee at Capital One Bank sponsored a Hispanic heritage celebration, which included an art exhibit by Latino artist Camilo Sanin and a youth essay contest. Capital One Hispanic committee members spoke about their support of LAYC's work through volunteerism, grants, and their sponsorship of the essay contest. The essay contest was open to children of Capital One employees, LAYC participants, and children of LAYC staff members.

Steve Linehan, former LAYC board member and current treasurer of Capital One, and Simon Fairclough, current LAYC board member and vice president of Capital One, gave remarks at the event. Linehan stated, "Capital One and LAYC share a commitment to strengthening families and building vibrant communities. As a proud long-time partner, Capital One has invested more than $1 million to support LAYC programs."

Three LAYC youth won awards for their essays and two others received honorable mentions. Josselin, Francisco, and Ramiro won in their age groups and each received gift certificates, a backpack, and a "superstar" medal. Eight-year-old Josselin Zelaya read her essay about a trip to El Salvador, her parents' home country. Josselin's mother and LAYC program coordinator at Wilson Senior High School Maria Navarrete says her daughter was happiest about winning the medal, "she slept with the medal that night and wore it to school the next day." Another LAYC participant, Ramiro Forty, read his essay about who he admires most in his life; he won in the 15-17 age group. Eleven-year-old Francisco Echevarria also won, and LAYC participants Laura Cartagena and Wendy Perez received honorable mentions. See Josselin's submission, below.




LAYC Hosts Help the Homeless Community Walk Print
Monday, 05 November 2012 13:31


WASHINGTON, DC, November 3, 2012 – On Saturday, November 3, the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) hosted a Help the Homeless (HTH) community walk around the LAYC anchor site to raise funds for LAYC's Safe Housing programs that directly serve homeless youth in Washington DC, and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. Over 200 youth, LAYC staff and supporters came out on the sunny, yet chilly Saturday to show their support and raise awareness about the homeless crisis. On any given night LAYC estimates over 1,500 youth are homeless in our community.

LAYC's community walk is one of hundreds of HTH community walks taking place across the nation. LAYC is honored to be selected as a beneficiary of the Fannie Mae Walkathon.

See more pictures of LAYC's Help the Homeless community walk on Facebook.

LAYC-Maryland Cleans Up the Neighborhood Print
Friday, 26 October 2012 14:18

On Saturday October 20, over 150 young people participated in the first "Clean Up – Green Up" sponsored by the Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) in Langley Park. LAYC/MMYC's Director Luisa Montero and its Langley Park AmeriCorps coordinator Sandra Martinez participated with AmeriCorps members. TNI is a county-wide initiative, created and lead by County Executive Rushern Baker and his executive team to improve the quality of life in six vulnerable communities. One of those six communities is Langley Park. The Langley Park team, directed by Betty Hager Francis, Deputy Chief Administrator, has been meeting for several months to carry out the Langley Park Team mission, which is to celebrate Langley Park's culturally diverse community and promote quality schools, safe neighborhoods, a thriving economy and quality healthcare by serving as a catalyst. Saturday's event was part of the plan. Volunteers helped clean elderly people's yards, picked up trash, pulled down signs from telephone poles and planted flowers.


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