Back in March, LAYC  developed a campaign called “Together for Hope” because we understood that only by leaning on each other would we be able to get through these difficult times. Over the past nine months, we have seen the best of ourselves in people who have willingly given monetary support, as well as their time and words of encouragement. 

So many of our staff have been willing to step up and stretch themselves in ways they never imagined as we have adapted how we serve our youth and families and built an infrastructure that allows us to continue to meet needs as they arise.

The work this past year has been a tremendous lift for our staff, and I am in awe of all that they have accomplished for the community. The resolve they demonstrated as they understood that we couldn’t be unresponsive during this crisis was inspiring.

We don’t like to wait around for someone else to do the work. We are going to find a way to get it done.

– LAYC Staff Member

It has been humbling to learn how our families and community have been impacted by COVID-19. Our work has been motivated by our belief that we must hold onto hope and a strong sense of community; one of our most important roles in the lives of young people is to give them hope and assurance that they do not have to face challenges and crises alone.

I am grateful to be serving alongside many of my colleagues. And we would not have been able to keep moving forward this year without the support of our community. This means every program partner, funder, corporate partner, individual donor, and volunteer who has enabled us to provide much-needed services and meet immediate needs that have exceeded anything we have seen before. Together we have persevered, stood by our communities, and given them hope.

LAYC Teen Center youth artwork


With your continued support, LAYC will continue to be an anchor for our youth and families. If you are able to make a financial contribution at this time, there are two ways you can give. You can make a tax-deductible year-end gift or sponsor a youth throughout the coming year by setting up a monthly gift through LAYC’s Heroes Circle. All new or increased individual donations made through December 31st will be matched up to $50,000!

Thank you for your support, for caring, and for being part of our LAYC community.

Lupi Quinteros-Grady
President and CEO

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