Hope and Perseverance

  It was the summer before Hope’s senior year of high school. She had had a tough time earning high marks during her first three years of high school, but this year, she resolved, would be the year that changed everything. She saw on the horizon the prospect of transferring to a school where she…

Capture the flag game

Summer Begins!

Latin American Youth Center’s summer programs are in full effect! Across DC and Maryland, staff have opened our doors to over 720 young people. At Rita Bright Family and Youth Center in DC, summer enrichment includes mentorship programming for youth of elementary school age. “Who can tell me the difference between a fixed mindset and…

Pride at LAYC

Pride month at Latin American Youth Center began with a shared feeling of excitement. Staff and youth celebrated their own unique identities and engaged in significant conversations about creating more welcoming environments for all young people. In preparation, LAYC’s Safer Space Committee hung Pride-themed flags and streamers throughout the Kaplan Building, our site in DC….

LAYC/MMYC Graduate with small child

Forty Maryland Youth Celebrate Earning their High School Diplomas

Forty young people in GED programs at LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers’ sites crossed the stage last month to receive their high school diplomas. Family members, LAYC/MMYC staff, and guest speakers were in attendance during the graduation ceremonies in Silver Spring and Riverdale. Guest speakers reminded graduates of the work still ahead of them, and…

AmeriCorps member sitting with participant

LAYC Reads

Summer has arrived! With summer comes days at the beach, s’mores roasting over campfires, and family road trips. But summer also brings with it the risk of “summer melt,” a loss of skills and knowledge gained during the school year. Reading this summer can be a great way to combat learning loss. For adults and…

Youth Preservation Training Underway at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Four-week long preservation project will train youth in preservation trades at National Park Service sites across the Washington, DC region (Apr 29, 2019 – WASHINGTON) Beginning last week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew embarked on a preservation training at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC….