A Back to School Recipe for Success: Dedication, opportunity, and persistence

Over the past five years, Ruth’s family moved over 15 times, living in numerous apartments and shelters and dealing with considerable financial stress and multiple challenges in the household.  The family’s financial worries and Ruth’s responsibilities increased even more during the pandemic. During the crisis, Ruth has been maintaining a job and caring for adult…

August 2020 Spotlight: Ed Ready

Ed Ready may be quiet but he gets the job done! Ed is a Senior Grants Accountant in LAYC’s business office. He has been described as LAYC’s “unsung hero.” Ed will be celebrating his 14 th year at LAYC in August. His reliable presence means that invoices keep going out come rain or shine or…

Case Manager Conservation Corps (Full-Time, Washington DC)

SUMMARY: The Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC), managed by the Latin American Youth Center in Maryland, serves youth ages 17-24 by providing GED instruction, site based work opportunities, Job Readiness Training and life skills workshops, and wrap around supportive services. Through this holistic experience, Corps members gain an introduction to the industries surrounding the field…

A Response to Challenging Times

I migrated from El Salvador in the 1980’s and quickly started to learn about the racial divide among blacks and whites that existed in America. I was in high school when Rodney King was violently beaten by LAPD police due to a speeding violation in 1991, and “police brutality and race relations became center stage.” The…

Donor Profile: Andy Van Etten

“Latin American Youth Center is helping youth who have no other place to go. Helping youth is the best way to spend time. It is an investment in their lifetime. There’s no greater cause than that,” says Andy Van Etten, a former LAYC Board member. Having raised 3 kids himself, he speaks from experience.  Prior…

LAYC Celebrates Local Heroes

On February 5th, Latin American Youth Center honored inspiring local heroes at our 9th annual Breakfast for Heroes, in Silver Spring, Maryland. This  year, we had the pleasure of honoring three local heroes who are actively involved with LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers and our DC sites: The Honorable Craig Rice, Montgomery County Councilmember, The…