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The Latin American Youth Center has formed partnerships with some of the largest companies in the country. Their support of our programs is integral to the success of LAYC, and we thank each corporate partner for being a good neighbor and a supporter of youth development.  Check back regularly for updates.

Safeway Foundation Awards Grants To Local Charities Print

The Safeway Foundation recently hosted an awards ceremony to distribute grants to local charities.  The Foundation is funded through the generous contributions of Safeway employees throughout its Eastern Division, which operates 125 grocery stores in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC.   The Foundation distributes approximately $250,000 annually with special emphasis on organizations in the areas of hunger relief, education, health and human services and special needs.

Among the groups receiving funding was Latin American Youth Center, which was awarded $2,500.

“The employees of Safeway are proud to be able to support local organizations like this that touch the lives of our customers,” said Gregory Ten Eyck, chairman of Safeway Foundation for the Eastern Division.

He said the decisions on grants are made by a committee comprised of a diverse group of Safeway employees from throughout its local operating area.

Trawick Foundation Announces $200,000 Grant Award To Help Young, Low-Income Minority Males Print

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The Trawick Foundation is pleased to announce a $200,000 grant award to a collaborative of three nonprofits for an innovative project with a multi-generation approach to youth development. The lead organization, the Latin American Youth Center, will partner with the YMCA Youth and Family Services, and Gandhi Brigade on the Full Circle Mentors project that will link two sets of young males in need of support services. Young men, ages 16-24, in Montgomery County, who are “disconnected”: those who are not working, have no high school degree, are not enrolled in school and have limited, if any, caring adults in their lives.The young men will be trained as mentors to offer prevention and diversion activities to younger males with similar backgrounds. In addition to preparing mentors for future youth development work and job training, the mentors will benefit from a variety of wrap- around support services such as GED preparation and on –going case management.

Mentors will primarily be selected from the Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC) program which provides older disconnected youth with real work experience and prepares them to be viable candidates for educational and employment opportunities.

“We are very excited that this partnership of organizations has created a unique approach to address needs of young, low-income minority males while simultaneously creating a much needed mentor “pipeline” for serving young boys facing similar challenges to themselves.” said Carol Trawick, President.“Who better to guide and hopefully, engage and redirect middle school boys who are at risk of dropping out and/ or making unhealthy decisions, than young men who have been in their shoes. This project offers an alternative way to tackle the problems of educational distress, homelessness, premature fatherhood and unemployment.”

The Trawick Foundation annually funds a grant for a project that will serve youth who are transitioning out of foster care, the juvenile justice system, social services or youth with disabilities.This is the first time that the Foundation has awarded a “Youth in Transition” grant for a project that was designed specifically to help males only.

Thank You, Freddie Mac Foundation and Deerbrook Charitable Trust Print

Because of You, LAYC's Anchor Site is Debt Free!

In 1994, the LAYC Board of Directors decided a new site was needed. We did not want our young people to move into the new century in the deteriorating conditions of our building at 15th and Irving St., NW. We wanted a site where we could offer high quality Internet access, space for community meetings, privacy for individual counseling, and much more.

Columbia Heights did not look like it does today. The Green Line Metro stop was planned but not built. Our neighborhood was not yet a commercial gateway. In fact, much of it was an eyesore.

We took a walk in the neighborhood and saw an abandoned building with a for sale sign. To make a very long story short, despite limited resources or a feasibility study, our Board of Directors raised $100,000 and made a down payment on a run-down 35,000 square foot vacant apartment building. LAYC YouthBuild students used their skills to help with renovation. Board members and staff raised money. We took out a large loan from Prudential Insurance. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation provided bridge money. The Development Corporation of Columbia Heights served as our developer. Three years later after completing a $3,000,000 capital campaign, LAYC moved into its current anchor site.

From the day we moved in, the site has served as a beautiful and welcoming place for young people, their parents, and community members. It is still as wonderful as the first day.

Today we are celebrating another milestone at our anchor site. Two donors -- Freddie Mac Foundation and Deerbrook Charitable Trust -- have awarded LAYC funds to pay off the last dollars on our mortgage. The building is 100% ours, debt free! At a time when resources are shrinking, paying off our mortgage 10 years early saves LAYC over $1,000,000. We will use those funds to support our youth and families, for while the community has changed around us, the need for LAYC is greater than ever before.

The day we bought the building; the day we moved in; the day we paid off our mortgage: what an amazing journey! There are so many people who made this building a reality. Today, LAYC thanks the Freddie Mac Foundation and the Deerbrook Charitable Trust for making sure that the LAYC anchor site is here for years to come!

LAYC Children Receive shoes from Payless Shoes Print

Students at Harriet Tubman Elementary School received an early holiday gift from Payless ShoeSource: a new pair of shoes!

This year LAYC became a Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids partner. As a community partner LAYC distributed shoe vouchers to families with children in need, including 20 vouchers that went to these smiling faces.

Harriet Tubman Elementary School participates in LAYC's Supplemental Educational Services (SES) program, which provides K-12 DC Public Schools' (DCPS) students with academic support in reading, language arts, and mathematics to help them succeed in school and become engaged learners.



New AmeriCorps Members Swearing-In Ceremony Print

Over 60 newly minted AmeriCorps members participated in a swearing-in ceremony at LAYC, on October 21 for the 2011-2012 program year.  LAYC thanks M&T Bank, which sponsors LAYC's AmeriCorps Program, and its representatives, Charles Martin, Derek Harps, and Juan Manuel Jara (pictured right, between LAYC President & CEO Lori Kaplan and AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Carlous Price).

The new members received a blue jacket with the LAYC logo on the back and the AmeriCorps and M&T Bank logos on the sleeves.

AmeriCorps members will provide in- and out-of-school academic assistance to middle and elementary school children in Washington DC, and Maryland's Prince George's County.

Welcome to all the new members! It's going to be a great year!


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