LAYC offers programs that expose high school students in partner schools in DC and Riverdale to careers in health care. The goal of our health career exploration programs is to increase the numbers of young people entering the health care field who are culturally and linguistically prepared to meet the needs of their communities.

Teen Health Promoters

Teen Health Promoters (THP), trains high-school youth to be peer health educators and participate in paid clinical or educational internships with local clinics or hospitals.

During the first half of the program (October–December) participants learn about a variety of health topics including sexual health, healthy eating, and substance abuse prevention. They also develop leadership and outreach skills and plan health fairs and community events to engage their peers.

Participants will have the choice to apply to one of two tracks: the clinical internship track or the SWAT Peer Educator track.

Clinical Intern TrackTeen Health Promoters

Participants build skills around many different health topics. During the second half the program, interns will learn clinical skills, such as vital sign collection, CPR, and First Aid, and are then placed in a clinic or hospital to work one day per week, while continuing to attend health workshops one day a week as well.

Sexual Wellness Advocacy by Teens (SWAT) Peer Educator Track

For this track of THP, participants build skills specifically around educating peers about sexual health topics. During the second half of the program, SWAT Peer Educators will assist an LAYC youth developer in planning and leading a weekly SWAT program for other youth at a local school or community site.

This program creates a welcoming environment for teen patients and students,exposing the teen health promoters to the health field. THP trains participants to become professionals in a clinical or health education setting, as well as how to serve as role models in the community while gaining valuable experience.


  • Currently in the 9th-12th grade or in a GED program and 14–19 years old
  • Willing to make a year-long commitment from October-June (meeting two days a week from 4:30-6:30pm and some Saturdays)
  • Interested in a health career
  • Self-motivated and responsible
  • Positive role model
  • Positive attitude and desire to learn


  • Complete application forms
  • 2 Short Essays, 250 words each
  • Official School Transcript with GPA
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • Copy of Class Schedule
  • Interview

Participant Benefits

  • Comprehensive health education
  • Paid internship with hands-on clinical or education experience
  • Health career exposure
  • Mentorships with health professionals
  • Academic case management
  • Community service hours
  • Internship hours (with approval of school)
  • Leadership development and peer education

The Inter-American Development Bank-DC Solidarity Program supports LAYC’s Teen Health Promoters.


Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.


Nicole Conner, Youth Developer,, (202) 319-2259.

Youth CareerConnect

The Prince George’s County Youth CareerConnect program (PGC-YCC) is a four-year Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide over 2,500 high school students in Prince George’s County with education and skills training, internships, college prep and dual enrollment, mentoring, and job readiness training to excel in the high growth industries in healthcare and information technology (IT).

Led by the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, PGC-YCC is a collaboration among the Latin American Youth Center, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Community College, The Maryland Center at Bowie State University, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, Ashlin Urban Institute, and two business partners at Lockheed Martin and Dimensions Healthcare Systems.


Youth CareerConnect

  • Job/Internship Placement – Receive internship opportunities for Fall/Summer
  • Job Readiness – Teach students how to do well on the job
  • Resume Writing – Prepare a resume and how to use it for interviews to receive internship opportunities.
  • Academic Counseling/Career Exploration – Assist students on college application requirements and financial aid options College Prep – Earn college credit by taking classes at Prince George’s Community College as a high school student
  • Mentoring – Get a mentor to support you with your career/education/life goals and participate in group activities and events with mentors.
  • Service Learning Projects – Take field trips to job sites, local colleges, career centers, and participate in community service projects.

Riverdale, MD: 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD 20737


 Luis Antonio Ostolaza, Program Coordinator,, (301) 383-3023.