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 Since the Election: Reaffirming Our Values

As the days go by and we prepare for a new administration, I wanted to share a few thoughts. In the context of uncertainty, there are some very important things that have not changed. Most importantly, LAYC’s values have not changed. They are the values that have grounded LAYC since we were founded almost 50…

Joint Letter — Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), Urban Alliance, Higher Achievement: Uncertainty, Urgency, and Unending Love

One week after the Presidential election, our three organizations are grappling with what the results mean for our young people and their families. The hard-working youth we serve have been disenfranchised and failed by systems of education, employment, public safety, healthcare, and more. Our organizations provide the support and opportunities young people need to achieve…

Testimony: Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016

Testimony Presented to the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole On PR 21-617, Sense of the Council Regarding Federal Immigration Raids Resolution of 2016 By Lori Kaplan, President & CEO, Latin American Youth Center November 17, 2016 My name is Lori Kaplan and I am President & CEO of the Latin American Youth Center…

Thoughts on the NCLR report: Toward a More Equitable Future: the Trends & Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children

Last week, I was a panelist on NCLR’s press conference for the recently released report, Toward a More Equitable Future: The Trends & Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children. The report is an up-to-date demographic analysis on the health and wellbeing of our nation’s Latino children aged 0–17. The research document also comes with an electronic…

From Orlando to Dallas, For Alton and Philando

There are no words to express both the outrage and the profound sadness that I feel, and I know we all feel, over recent events in our nation. From the attack on members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando to the shootings of African-Americans Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota,…

The Demise of the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation

Today the Washington, DC, child and youth engagement community is absorbing the news that the DC Trust, formerly the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, is closing its doors. Once again poor management, poor oversight, lack of leadership, lack of integrity, and theft has rocked the organization, left low-income and disadvantaged DC youth behind,…