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Latin American Youth Center to Host Annual Connecting Youth and Professionals Breakfast PDF Print
Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:21
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2015 - The Latin American Youth Center's Maryland program, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC), will host its Connecting Youth and Professionals Breakfast, an annual networking opportunity for youth and employers participating in the Summer Youth Connect Internship program. Attendees will hear from celebrated motivational speaker Giovanna Taylor, CEO and Founder of TheGshop by Giovanna. The breakfast will host over 165 youth and over 45 employers on Friday, July 24, 9 a.m. - Noon at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veteran's Place in Silver Spring, Maryland.

MMYC's Summer Youth Connect Internship program 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 provide safe and meaningful workplace experiences in high-growth industries. The program works closely with youth to help them succeed in the workplace, advance their education, and become strong leaders and engaged citizens. Youth gain financial management skills and hands-on work experience, and connect with positive adult role models. In addition, they improve their interpersonal and communication skills and build connections for future work opportunities. In turn, businesses and agencies make a positive contribution to youth in the community. The program is funded by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the County Executive.

Participating businesses and agencies include: Takoma Park Community Center, United States Department of Agriculture, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, Ana G. Mendez University, Radio America, Montgomery County Recreation, the Salvation Army, and Lead4Life, Inc.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:23
LAYC Creates the Promotor Pathway National Network PDF Print
Thursday, 09 July 2015 00:00
WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2015 - The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is pleased to announce the creation of the Promotor Pathway National Network to scale and replicate its signature youth development model, the Promotor Pathway. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative America, LAYC committed to identifying national and regional partners to bring the model to other metropolitan areas with high rates of disconnected youth.

Launched in 2008, LAYC's Promotor Pathway is a long-term, relationship-based client management model designed to reengage youth whose obstacles such as lack of education, homelessness, trauma, substance abuse, and court involvement prevent them from accessing resources and achieving educational, employment, and healthy living goals. There are over five million young people 16-24 years of age in our country who are not on a pathway to educational and career success. Promotores, or intensive case managers, work one-on-one with youth to remove barriers, proactively encourage participation in a broad set of LAYC services, and connect them to other needed resources within the community so they may make a successful transition to adulthood.


In 2010, LAYC's Promotor Pathway was chosen by the White House's Social Innovation Fund as one of the community organizations to be part of Venture Philanthropy Partner's (VPP) youthCONNECT initiative. Participation in the Social Innovation Fund allowed LAYC to build the Promotor Pathway's capacity to impact more young people. To date, LAYC has served over 400 disconnected youth in the region.

 LAYC has launched its first replication site at Mano a Mano Family Center in Salem, Oregon. Mano a Mano, whose mission is to help their clients become self-sufficient and empowered, serves low-income minorities and immigrants and is the oldest Latino-led community organization in the greater Salem area. Through services that include youth development, citizenship education, and food banks, Mano a Mano serves about 2,000 families in Marion and Polk Counties per year. 


"Many traditional youth development programs look at youth as a thing to be fixed. The Promotor Pathway is focused on the youth, first and foremost," stated Levi Herrera-Lopez, Executive Director of the Mano a Mano Family Center. "This is why we feel it will work for our youth in Salem. LAYC is an organization with lots of experience, and their training and support thus far have been excellent!"


Mano a Mano plans to incorporate the Promotor Pathway into their Youth Empowerment Program, which is a combination of all the services Mano a Mano provides tailored to youth.


"The replication is the first for the Promotor Pathway and for LAYC. This is an opportunity to teach other youth-serving organizations the best practices and tools we have crafted as youth developers and social workers specializing in Latino, immigrant, and low-income communities of color," stated Susana Martinez, LAYC Promotor Pathway Director. "With LAYC's Clinton Global Initiative America commitment, we will build the national network and identify partners throughout the country interested in our model."

The Promotor Pathway completed collection of data for its randomized, controlled trial to evaluate impact in late 2014. Release of the final report by the Urban Institute is scheduled for the fall 2015. Preliminary analysis suggests the intervention has positive effects on teen pregnancy rates, attitudes about education, and college enrollment. 
Information about the Promotor Pathway, its evaluation methods, success stories, and more, is available on LAYC's website: www.layc-dc.org/promotores. For information about Mano a Mano, please visit http://manoamanofc.org/.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:34
LAYC and DC Prevention Center to Host Substance Abuse Awareness Events PDF Print
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 00:00
WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2015 - The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will host free events to provide the community with tools and resources around substance abuse, including synthetic marijuana use. The events are presented by the DC Prevention Center of Ward 1 & 2 based at LAYC and sponsored by The DC Department of Behavioral Health. 
The DC Prevention Center Wards 1 & 2 (DCPC) serves as a dynamic hub that engages, supports, and helps connect the many community elements that are needed for promoting healthy children, youth, and families as well as a drug-free District of Columbia.
In recent weeks, the District has seen an increase in synthetic marijuana overdoses and hospitalizations, as reported by the mayor in a June 6 press release. On June 15,the mayor announced a new drug enforcement strategy for the District of Columbia to address this escalating issue. With the mission to help youth live healthy lives, LAYC's DC Prevention Center is offering a series of events to mobilize and empower the youth and families in our community to know the facts and be prepared to protect themselves from drugs and alcohol.

Upcoming Community Awareness Events:

June 24, 5-9 p.m. Youth & Parent Workshop: Living Safe in Our Community
Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Parents, youth, and community members will create action plans to respond to substance abuse issues in the community. Participants will hear about the challenges of underage drinking, marijuana, K2, and other drug use with sex trafficking of minors. Tina Frundt, Executive Director and Founder of Courtney's House and a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation of children will speak to the participants. The four-hour workshop will be offered on two days in partnership with Courtney's House and Inspire DC, Ward 2's faith-based network.
June 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Parent Workshop: Creating Winning Families (Presented in Spanish)
All Souls Church, Unitarian, 1500 Harvard Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Spanish-speaking parents will hear tips and strategies to improve inter-family communication and contribute to the betterment of the community.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:32
LAYC to Host DACA Clinic Saturday, June 6 In Partnership with DC Dream PDF Print
Friday, 05 June 2015 00:00

Event will support initial and renewal applications with pro bono attorneys.

WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2015 - The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is pleased to host a free Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clinic to help individuals in the community complete initial or renewal applications. DACA provides deportation relief and a two-year work permit to individuals who came undocumented to the U.S. as children before June 15, 2007. LAYC's DACA clinic is offered to the community in partnership with DC Dream, an organization that helps immigrant youth initially apply for and renew DACA. Pro bono attorneys will be available to review applications. Eligible individuals are invited to attend the clinic on Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LAYC, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009. 
Requirements for the DACA application and other information is available in the LAYC Resource website (www.layc-dc.org/DACA), which is provided in English and Spanish. Individuals who wish to complete a DACA application at the clinic should bring passport photos and a money order for the application fee. 
LAYC will host additional DACA clinics this fall. Dates and details will be posted in the LAYC Resource website.
For over 47 years, LAYC has been a safe haven for immigrant youth from all nations offering academic, enrichment, job training, mental health, housing, and case management services to youth of all backgrounds in our region. Since 1968, LAYC has served over 70,000 youth and families.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:31
LAYC Announces Fundraising Partnership with Latin Recording Artist La Republika, MusicarityNation.com, and Discount Mart Stores PDF Print
Thursday, 28 May 2015 00:00

Campaign Kick-off Celebration to Feature Live Performance by La Republika

WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2015 - The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is pleased to announce a fundraising partnership with MusicarityNation.com to raise funds for LAYC's programs through the sale of the song "Sola" by bachata/pop band La Republika at Discount Mart Stores and MusicarityNation.com. The campaign will kick off on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Discount Mart Stores, 7673 New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland, 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 
The outdoor celebration will include a BBQ, giveaways, and a special live performance by La Republika. Event guests will be entered into a raffle to win a big screen TV. 

The campaign will run through August 15, 2015. Supporters will be able to purchase La Republika's song, "Sola" for $1, exclusively available at Discount Mart Stores and Musicaritynation.com. All net proceeds will go to support LAYC's program in the region.


LAYC's mission 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 provides comprehensive supports to over 4,000 youth and families in the Greater Washington, DC region. Since 1968, LAYC has served nearly 70,000 youth and families.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:29
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