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Latin American Youth Center Reopens Its Doors for Business, With Support From Capital One PDF Print
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:47
LAYC staff returned to work on Tuesday, October 14 thanks to the generous support of Capital One.

LAYC staff returned to work on Tuesday, October 14 thanks to the generous support of Capital One.

WASHINGTON, DC; October 15, 2013 — As the government shutdown enters into its third week, the Latin American Youth Center in Washington DC (LAYC) like nonprofits across the country, has been bracing for the worst. But with a new commitment of support from our long-time partner, Capital One Bank, LAYC will reopen its doors and welcome back its furloughed staff. Capital One has committed to provide funding support for LAYC to enable the youth center to remain operational through at least the end of the month.

On behalf of everyone at the LAYC we say thank you to Capital One for being such a caring corporate partner," said Lori Kaplan, President and CEO, LAYC. Capital One's financial contributions, their pro-bono support and spirit of volunteerism is an example for all. The LAYC staff is back at work, over 500 youth and family members will be walking through our many doors today and the entire community has the services and supports that they rely on."

"It has been an eye-opening experience for us to see how deeply the impact of the government shutdown is being felt by local non-profits and the clients their programs serve. The Latin American Youth Center, and organizations like it, whose programs are federally funded, have been stretched to their limits," said Jon Witter, President, Retail and Direct Banking, Capital One. "As Washington, D.C.'s hometown bank, we know firsthand the critical role the LAYC youth center plays in the local community. Knowing how important it is to ensure continuity of supportive programs like homeless services and supports, afterschool programs, and workforce development training for at-risk youth and their families, we felt it was vital to help LAYC continue to serve the region through this difficult time."

Capital One, ranked the region's top corporate giver on the 2013 Washington Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Awards, is a long-standing supporter of LAYC. Since 2006, the local bank has provided nearly a million in investments to support LAYC's workforce development programs and other essential services it provides for the community. Capital One Vice President Simon Fairclough serves on the LAYC Board, and Capital One associates are active volunteers at the center.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:37
LAYC to Celebrate GED Graduate Ceremony PDF Print
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 08:02

SILVER SPRING, MD; July 17, 2012 — The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers will host a GED and high school graduation ceremony to celebrate 35 young people who obtained a GED or high school diploma in the past year through its Maryland and District workforce development programs. The ceremony will take place at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place in Silver Spring, on Wednesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. Friends and supporters are invited to attend.

Dinora A. Hernandez, Esquire, Legislative Aide to Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, will be the guest speaker. Hernandez is a lifetime resident of Prince George's County and a first-generation college graduate. She attended the University of Maryland and double majored in government and politics, and criminology and criminal justice. She graduated from Thomas Cooley Law School in May 2012 and was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in December 2012.

"I aim to apply my knowledge to serve and empower Prince George's County's future leaders. As a member of the Prince George's County Young Democrats Executive Board, I am focused on assessing and addressing the issues facing my peers," remarked Hernandez.

The ceremony will also feature student speakers and remarks from LAYC's Maryland Managing Director Luisa Montero.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 08:53
Capital One Bank Partners with The Heart of America Foundation® Investment in Literacy at Latin American Youth Center PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:53

Students Receive New Library and Gift of Books


Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) will celebrate the renovation of its new READesign® Library on July 9. Through a generous grant from Capital One Bank, The Heart of America Foundation's READesign® team will work to provide LAYC with age-appropriate reading material for students. Over 15 Capital One Bank volunteers will work at the school to complete the library – from decorating and assembling furniture to sorting and stocking books. In addition to the more than 800 books provided for the library, which include 75 financial literacy-themed books, Capital One Bank will donate three books for each student to begin building his or her own home library. Capital One Bank will announce the total number of books collected at the LAYC ribbon-cutting and unveiling.


  • John Flynn, Vice President of READesign at The Heart of America Foundation®, hosting the event
  • Celia Edwards Karam, Vice-President, Capital One Bank and Market President, Washington DC & Southern MD
  • Capital One Bank volunteers completing construction of the new library
  • Capital One Bank volunteers distributing books in the classrooms and facilitating financial education activities
  • READesign® Library Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling


Latin American Youth Center

1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Volunteer Event: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ribbon-cutting and unveiling: 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Capital One Bank is committed to expanding economic opportunities for families and small businesses in communities where associates live and work. Community involvement activities are focused in four areas that are important building blocks of economic opportunity: affordable housing; small business and workforce development; financial literacy; and education.

Capital One partners with The Heart of America Foundation® to put books into the hands of children in low-income communities and to create safe, inviting libraries in their schools. Since 2002, the organizations have donated 1,236,000 books valued over $10 million to 550,000 students. Capital One associate volunteers annually donate and distribute books, read to children and donate books to further efforts to foster a love of reading in children that will last a lifetime.

About The Heart of America Foundation

The Heart of America Foundation (www.heartofamerica.org) is a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. that uniquely promotes volunteer service and literacy. The organization aims to inspire acts of service and a love of reading by building community and providing children in need with the tools to read, succeed and make a difference. Committed to education and volunteerism, The Heart of America Foundation engages volunteers by putting books into the hands of children who need them the most. Since 1997, The Heart of America Foundation has provided children living in poverty with over 3 million library and take-home books, and has engaged volunteers in more than 1,037,500 hours of service to the community.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $212.4 billion in deposits and $300.2 billion in total assets as of March 31, 2013. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in Texas, Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 16:58
LAYC to Host Nia Vardalos, star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Instant Mom Author PDF Print
Monday, 03 June 2013 15:25

WASHINGTON DC, June 3, 2013 — The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is proud to announce that it will host Nia Vardalos, Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, on Wednesday, June 12th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., at the LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School to discuss her new book Instant Mom. The event will include a Q&A with Vardalos, book signing, and a light reception.

A New York Times bestseller, Instant Mom is a "poignant and hilarious true chronicle of trying to become a mother while fielding nosy 'frenemies' and Hollywood reporters asking, 'Any baby news?' With genuine and frank honesty, she describes how she and husband Ian Gomez eventually found their daughter. . . and what happened next. Vardalos explores innovative ways to conquer the challenges all new moms face, from sleep to personal grooming, and learns that whether via biology, relationship, or adoption—motherhood comes in many forms." (Amazon.com)

"We are so thrilled to host Nia Vardalos at LAYC. Her book Instant Mom brings light to the over 500,000 children waiting for parents in the U.S. foster care system. In the District alone, there are 1,372 children in the system. LAYC is a foster care-licensing agency. We hope this event will bring us new families interested in opening their home to one of these children," remarked LAYC President & CEO Lori Kaplan.

Seating is general admission, first-come first-served. Purchase limit of two tickets per person. Questions may be directed to Araceli Rosenberger, at (202) 319-2253, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A portion of the proceeds will benefit LAYC, which is a licensed foster care provider. To learn more about LAYC's foster care program, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/laycfoster.


Who: Nia Vardalos, author of Instant Mom and Academy Award-nominated writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

What: Book discussion  of Instant Mom, followed by Q&A, booksinging, photo opportunities with Nia Vardalos, and light reception

When: June 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: LAYC Career Academy Public Charter School

3047 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 June 2013 15:02
LAYC Announces Earth Day Events for April 22 PDF Print
Friday, 19 April 2013 07:33

WASHINGTON, DC; April 19, 2013— the Latin American Youth Center will celebrate Earth Day April 22–26 with various events at its anchor site in Columbia Heights.

LAYC's Green Team, a group of staff committed to reducing the Center's footprint on the environment, will launch their Go Green, Baby campaign, which includes new signage that encourages staff to turn off the lights and power-down at the end of the work day. On April 22, the Green Team will table on the lobby floor with fun facts about paper, water, and energy conservation and a mug drive to encourage co-workers to avoid plastic water bottles; LAYC's 1419 Columbia Road NW site has a drinking-water filtration system on each floor. Staff will also be invited to pose in the photo booth to become one of the faces of the Go Green, Baby campaign. The Green Team previously held a design competition for new signage that will be revealed on Earth Day. Other Green Team events include a lunch-time workshop on climate change and recycling presented by a local college student. The Green Team will entice attendees with a homemade vegetarian entree, and asking staff to bring their favorite salad to share.

Later in the week, LAYC will hold a tree planting ceremony in the garden in memory of Richard England, Washington DC philanthropist and long-time benefactor of LAYC who passed April 1. Mr. England was instrumental in LAYC's capital campaign from 1995-1998 to restore the building that is now the anchor site. Additionally, the Lois and Richard England Family Foundation has supported LAYC's out-of-school-time programs for over 20 years. A date and time for this event will be announced early next week.


WHO: Latin American Youth Center

WHAT: Earth Day Events

WHEN: April 22, 2013

12-1 PM: Recycling and climate change workshop in the Heritage Room

3-5 PM: Green Team tabling in the lobby

TBD: Tree-planting ceremony in memory of Richard England

WHERE: Latin American Youth Center

1419 Columbia Road, NW

Washington, DC 20009

For more information, please contact Development & Communications Manager  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (202) 549-9433.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 April 2013 08:14
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