Lori Kaplan is the President & CEO of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). She has lead LAYC to its national prominence as an award-winning network of youth programs in Washington DC since 1987.

Under Kaplan’s direction, LAYC has helped guide thousands of low-income youth to better opportunity, while creating pioneering organizations and public charter schools. Kaplan serves on the board of DC Alliance for Youth Advocates, and Youth Radio and Youth Media International, and serves as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative America on the Reconnecting Youth work group. Kaplan has received numerous awards including Washingtonian of the Year in 1997, the Lewis Hine Award for her work on child labor issues, the Children’s Champion award by DC Action for Children, Community Champion Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and being named one of Washington’s 50 influencers by the Washington Informer Charities.

Posts by Lori Kaplan

Announcing LAYC’s 2018 Board Executive Committee

Please join me in welcoming the new leadership team to the LAYC board of directors! Our executive committee members represent the academic, nonprofit, and business sectors, as well as community-based organizations. Their impressive and diverse set of skills and expertise will help guide LAYC in the coming year as we transition to a new President…

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DACA Youth – Lives Hanging in the Balance

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. Today, we learned that the Trump administration has rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Honestly, we were expecting this on day one. The cruel and disheartening news came seven months later. Today, like business leaders, elected and appointed government officials, national…

Statement Following Events in Charlottesville

Statement from the Lori Kaplan, President & CEO of LAYC Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) would like to extend its most sincere condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. Heather…

Message from LAYC President & CEO

There will soon be a leadership transition at Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). The Board of Directors has hired LeaderFit to work with us to find LAYC’s next President & CEO. When the search is complete, I will step down from the role in which I have been privileged to serve for 30 years. We…

Why I Work To Protect Our Nation’s Immigrant Story

The city I call home—Washington, DC—is a sanctuary city, a place that has affirmed that law enforcement will protect and serve all residents, regardless of immigration status and mandates at the federal level. Within days of the inauguration, our new administration announced that sanctuary cities would face the loss of federal funds if they did…