From May to July, over 200 LAYC participants from the District and Maryland obtained a High School Diploma or GED, information technology certification, or completed internships or training programs at LAYC.

Here’s a roundup of all the proud moments, with pictures and highlights from each group.

Bard@ LAYC

Education; 21 graduates received six college credits in the humanities

The Bard College Clemente Course (Bard@ LAYC) provides college-level classes in the humanities. Students may earn up to six college credits at no cost that may be transferred to an educational institution. The five subjects offered in the humanities include Writing and Critical Thinking, Philosophy, Literature, Art History, and American History. Participants who complete the Bard course receive administrative support to explore post-secondary options, aid in the college application process, and assistance in transferring their six credits from Bard to their institution. Bard@ LAYC is funded by the Cafritz Foundation.


  • Luis Garcia and Ruth Lopez received the Mary D. Janney Award for Bard Academic Excellence, which recognizes academic excellence, demonstration of good citizenship, and demonstration of a tenacious desire to learn.
  • Evelyn Melgar received the Mary D. Janney Award for Bard@LAYC Program Excellence, which recognizes a graduate who has distinguished him or herself as a particularly dedicated and hardworking member of the classroom community. Through his or her steadfast devotion to personal improvement, perseverance in spite of obstacles, and demonstration of a good attitude, the award recipient added an innovative spirit and personality to the classroom.

Comcast Digital Connectors 

Education, Workforce, LAYC Career Academy; 17 youth completed the digital literacy program and received a free laptop

The Comcast Digital Connectors progam is a youth development program that focuses on digital literacy. Graduates are proficient in basic computer skills, applications, and the use of the Internet. The program is funded by Comcast. 

Teen Health Promoters

Community Wellness; 10 youth became peer health educators and completed an internship at Unity Health Care clinics or the Community of Hope Clinic


  • David Hernandez-Pineda will attend The George Washington University this fall on a full-ride scholarship as a pre-medicine student. He plans to become a Neurosurgeon or Emergency Room physician.
  • Leydi Guevara will attend the University of the District of Columbia this fall on a full-ride scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in biology and education.
  • Daniela Fernandez received a New Futures scholarship to attend Montgomery College this fall where she plans to study psychology.
  • Gethsemani Elizalde received a New Futures scholarship and will attend the University of the District of Columbia this fall.
  • Johanna Gomez will attend Ithaca College in New York in the fall. She has plans to become a pediatrician.
  • Chika Adiele will be freshman this fall at the University of Virginia where she will study biology, and will pursue becoming a pediatrician.

Sexual Wellness Advocacy by Teens (SWAT)

Community Wellness; 11 youth from Cardozo High School and Alice Deal Middle School completed the program, which included peer outreach

SWAT is a series of workshops focused on sexual wellness and peer outreach. This cohort’s outreach project was the creation of a Twitter account (@DCStaysSafe) to share sexual wellness advice and tips with peers. SWAT is funded by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), through the DC Personal Responsibility Education Program (DC-PREP).

Adelante Sexual Health and Capoeira Workshop

MMYC, 13 youth completed the four-week program

The Adelante Sexual Health and Capoeira Workshop is the recreational component of LAYC’s Maryland Adelante program, whose goal is to build the skills, confidence, and capacity of youth leaders through civic engagement efforts that promote increased educational, economic, and social opportunity, and decreased health disparities. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for leg sweeps.

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