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LAYC Dance-a-thon 2014 Raises $12K for Homeless Youth Programs PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:17

Bachata, merengue, zumba...oh my! Over 300 supporters joined us on the morning of Saturday, November 14 for the 2nd Annual LAYC Dance-a-thon. Dancers of all ages came together at Wilson Senior High School to raise over $12,000 for LAYC programs that serve homeless youth. The LAYC Dance-a-thon seeks to raise awareness and funding for homeless youth during November each year, which is National Youth Homelessness Awareness Month.

LAYC youth Tyvon emceed the dance-a-thon, which kicked off with a dance performance by the Wilson dance team. LAYC case manager Heryca Serna led the crowd in a series of zumba moves, and the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute dancers added modern dance to the mix of Latin beats, line dancing, and top 40. The dancers enjoyed door prizes, snacks, and a very good workout.

Special Thanks: The LAYC Dance-a-thon relies on the commitment of its supporters, the community, and business partners to make it a success. For the second year, Wilson Senior High School held the event in its beautiful atrium, and once again EMD Sales Inc provided snacks. New supporters this year included Geico and the CALPRO Group.

See pictures from the 2nd Annual LAYC Dance-a-thon o Facebook. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:05
LAYC Proud to Receive $300K from Thrive Foundation for Youth PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:16

LAYC has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Thrive Foundation for Youth to support LAYC’s mission of empowering 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 was selected along with seven other youth-serving organizations from around the U.S., based on its proven track record of directly impacting youth in the communities it serves. The two-year, unrestricted grant will support LAYC’s work in the field of positive youth development.

LAYC is proud to support the mission of The Thrive Foundation for Youth, and to work alongside our fellow grantees, which include some of the most innovative, impactful youth-serving organizations in the country.

Thrive selected grantees based on their demonstrated impact, entrepreneurial, and effective approach to reaching disadvantaged youth. Each one demonstrated the ability to provide comprehensive programming and meaningful learning experiences based on a keen knowledge of youth needs. All eight grantees have professional staff members who serve as the primary “caring adult” in their day-to-day lives, and are role models who provide a consistent, compassionate and trustworthy presence. Collectively, these organizations currently impact the lives of approximately 15,000 young people throughout the United States.

For more details, please see the Thrive Foundation's press release and  grantee website.

Donor Spotlight: Grooming by Em PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:44
Emily Mansilla of Grooming by Em. Photo by Grooming by Em.

Emily Mansilla of Grooming by Em. Photo by Grooming by Em.

by Yolanda Quintanilla, LAYC Lead Promotor and In-school Coordinator
LAYC youth employee Ivy with customer Edmoston.

LAYC youth employee Ivy with customer Edmoston.

Native Salvadorian siblings Emily and Gary Mansilla opened Grooming by Em in 2001. Since opening their business in North Brentwood, Maryland, their mission has been to better serve and educate the community by holding pet grooming workshops and hosting fundraisers for non-profits.

Grooming by Em has partnered with LAYC for several years. In the last two years, they have held two dog wash fundraisers for the Promotor Pathway and have raised over $1,000 to support the program. Over the years, they have also hired a total of nine LAYC Promotor Pathway youth and have hosted 15 summer workforce program participants.

When asked why she and her brother choose to help youth, Emily responded, "When you run a small business, you rely on the community to bring success to it. I believe that in return there is a certain responsibility to the community that is owed. In our case, Grooming by Em prides itself in our outreach of youth because we were once youth of this very same community. I can honestly say that without the people that steered us in the right direction, without the mentors that helped us along the way, we could not be where we are now. I think it's only fair to take the time to pay it forward".

Thank you for your support of LAYC youth, Grooming by Em!

Grooming by Em website:  http://www.groomingbyem.com/

Follow Grooming by Em on Twitter: @GroomingByEm

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:32
Sponsor a Youth or Family for the Holidays PDF Print
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:48

Youth In Action Leadership Corps: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Prevention PDF Print
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 13:01

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 14 middle and high schoolers gather in an LAYC classroom to learn leadership and citizenship skills on topics related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their community. The program, Youth in Action Leadership Corps, is an initiative of the DC Prevention Center for Wards 1 & 2, which LAYC administers from its anchor site in Columbia Heights. Youth come from area schools including Bell Multicultural High School, Cardozo Education Campus, and Cesar Chavez Public Charter School. LAYC offers three cohorts a year. The fall cohort is conducted in Spanish and uses photography as a means to talk about community issues. This method known as photovoice uses group analysis to give youth a voice, enabling them to reflect on their experiences and their communities' conditions, both negative and positive.

On one afternoon, the youth presented photographs they'd taken as an assignment to capture diversity. One youth presented a photograph of a street corner in Columbia Heights with a line of newspaper racks as the subject. In his presentation, he noted the diversity of the city through the readers of each paper, from mainstream news outlets to community papers. A young woman captured diversity in her own home with an image of her families' shoes placed side-by-side to form a circle. After each presentation, other youth share their reflections on their peers' images. The conversation always comes back to the community and how to start a dialogue about issues important to the youth through the images they compose.

In the next weeks, the program will guide participants through technical aspects of photography, photos as a tool for policy and social change, documentary techniques, and storyboarding. The fall cohort ends in December with a community action event and exhibition. The winter cohort will run January-March 2015 and will be conducted in English. The summer cohort is planned for April- June 2015 and will be bilingual.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:20
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