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

Thoughts on Innovation

LAYC’s inclusion as one of eight pre-selected grantees in President Obama’s Social Innovation Fund administered by the Corporation for Community and National Service got me thinking about the word “innovation.” How did LAYC from its humble grassroots beginning forty years ago find its way into a prestigious and challenging national social movement? Thinking about this…

Reflections on the World Cup: Be Open to Change and Staff Initiative

{jcomments on}Some of you who read my blog may actually know me, however, many more of you, may not. So, I will start by noting that I wandered into the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) as a young and eager college graduate in 1979 and over thirty years later, I am still here! Starting as…